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Can I catch multiple sclerosis?

Can I catch multiple sclerosis?

No: MS is not an infectious disorder. Instead, there is varying genetic susceptibility triggered by environmental influences. ...Read more

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Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more


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What exactly is multiple sclerosis? What is the usual prognosis and what is the treatment?

Autoimmune: Ms is a disease where the immune system attacks the coverings of nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Susceptibility due to heredity and environment seem to affect who gets afflicted. The prognosis is improving dramatically these days due to new medicines. Therapies include tysabri, (natalizumab) gilenya, copaxone, betaseron, rebith, extavia, etc. ...Read more

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Living with Multiple Sclerosis (Checklist)

Prevent falls in the home by removing throw rugs, adding grab bars
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Stay cool, avoid being overheated
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Drink plenty of water
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Can you please define multiple sclerosis stem cell?

Can you please define multiple sclerosis stem cell?

A research study: Actually, no such terminology has been introduced yet, since we are in very early stages of examining the potential of stem cells to treat ms patients. Some of this is being done in europe, and expect more in future. Outcomes unclear currently, but stay tuned. ...Read more

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Please describe the natural cure for diabetes and multiple sclerosis?

Autoimune regulation: Increasing evidence points to the common link of failure of the auto immune system and progressive systemic disease in people who were otherwise healthy at birth. The immune systems can be overwhelmed by toxic exposures, food allergies, physical and mental stress, infectious disease, intestinal dysbiosis and lack of sufficient nutrients to generate the reserves we need to keep the body healthy. ...Read more

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How to tell what type of multiple sclerosis you have?

How to tell what type of multiple sclerosis you have?

See below: 85% of all initial ms diagnoses are for relapsing-remitting forms, but about 10% are primary progressive with slow gradual deterioration without exacerbations or improvement. When the r/r form gets out of control, by 10-20 yrs , there is also a steady progression, secondary progressive ms. A rare form, called progressive relapsing is a mix of both. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about multiple sclerosis known as ms?

Can you tell me about multiple sclerosis known as ms?

See below: Autoimmune type of attack on brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves in genetically susceptible young individuals, who are exposed to a variety of environmental events. Can lead to profound impairment and disability, but can be controlled and stabilized in most cases with modern potent meds. An expert neurologist who is experienced can work wonders. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i want some information about multiple sclerosis medications.?

What do you advise if i want some information about multiple sclerosis medications.?

Try this approach: Do you or anyone close have ms? It is important to understand that we have 9 medications on the market, and not all pts are appropriate for all. I do recommend that most pts take the most potent meds, such as tysabri (natalizumab) or gilenya, maybe tecfidera as a third choice. Information can be found at aan.Com, and your local ms society, but need neurologist to help select correct med. ...Read more

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How fast should it take for copaxone (glatiramer) to work to stop multiple sclerosis flareups?

How fast should it take for copaxone (glatiramer) to work to stop multiple sclerosis flareups?

Variable: Copaxone (glatiramer) is a first line agent which may not be useful for many pts, and may take up to 4-6 months to reach maximal potency in some pts. If relapses continue to occur, and your MRI shows active lesions, other meds may be better choices for you. Discuss thoroughly with your neurologist. ...Read more

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My wife is 37 and has multiple sclerosis. She wants to get pregnant but i'm afraid that stopping her medication will do her harm. Is it safe?

My wife is 37 and has multiple sclerosis. She wants to get pregnant but i'm afraid that stopping her medication will do her harm. Is it safe?

Multiple sclerosis: It is a concern. Removing certain medications can increase the relapse rate immediately after stopping the medication (immune reconstitution syndrome). This is not seen with the older "platform" therapies. Copaxone (glatiramer) is category b for pregnancy. Nevertheless, all my patients have opted to stay off medication during their pregnancies. Good thing is relapse rate is reduced during 2-3rd trimester. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease that interferes with the functioning of the central nervous system and brain. Symptoms include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred ...Read more