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Multiple Sclerosis Prognosis Statistics
How can putting off treatment of multiple sclerosis by a few months after initial diagnosis (because of a temp. loss of insurance) impact prognosis?
My experiences: Every MS patient is different, and experiences a varied and unique disease presentation, but we strongly suggest starting disease modifying agents as soon as diagnosis is confirmed to prevent disability. That said, delay of a few months may be trivial in your case, but, drug companies have programs for those without insurance, and no real reason to delay treatment. Discuss with your neurologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A disorder causing usually episodic loss of myelin (demyelination) which disrupts function of central nervous system. Can lead to nerve damage because nerve requires myelin to function best. Classically relapsing and remitting or chronic and progressive. The former is characterized by transient neurological episodes of dysfunction separate in time and in space ...Read more
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, gilenya, copaxone, betaseron, rebith, extavia, etc. ...Read more
Wat is the prognosis for multiple sclerosis fr a woman of 43.Symptoms numbness on one side. Visual n normal activities normal. Had headache fr 5 yrs?
Might be difficult: In a friend who is being treated and controlled with potent meds, you might think they look completely normal. If undiagnosed, they might display inordinate fatigue, get confused with poor memory, have bad balance, trouble with visual loss, weakness in legs, etc. This is a complex area for most physicians, and an ms specialty focused neurologist is critical. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hard to Say: The exact causes of multiple sclerosis (MS) are unknown. It's believed to be an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. In MS, this process destroys myelin, the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Absolutely, exercise: Years ago, self-appointed all-knowing "experts" declared exercise "off-limits" for ms patients. We now know better, as aerobic exercise has a mild immune suppressant effect and not only enhances fitness and general well-being, but also improves ms quality of life. Just remember to pace yourself and if you get overheated take time out to cool down, but do not become inactive ever. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Detective Work: No one diagnostic study can stand alone to conclusively diagnose ms. A neurologist must be a detective, hunting out clues from symptoms suggesting abnormal function in the brain or spinal cord white matter, of appropriate duration (greater than 24 hours) coupled with abnormalities on examination. Mri, spinal fluid, and certain blood tests. This information can help exclude MS mimickers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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