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Dr. James Lin
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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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Can the MS hug be the only symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Can the MS hug be the only symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Initially maybe: The MS "hug" is indicative of spinal cord involvement, and may be a presenting feature, but could occur later in form of relapse. If you have such problems, it could be due to a different cause and this needs sorting out. If you indeed have MS, you should be placed on potent medication. Would a Concierge visit help guide you? ...Read more

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Can someone with a multiple sclerosis also show a symptom of hairy leukoplakia?

Can someone with a multiple sclerosis also show a symptom of hairy leukoplakia?

Comorbidities: Many disorders can coexist with multiple sclerosis, but that does not mean the ms causes or promotes these and hairy leukoplakia is not seen with the vast majority of ms drugs. ...Read more

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Is trigeminal neuralgia a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Is trigeminal neuralgia a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Possibly: Trigeminal neuralgia in a younger adult may be caused by multiple sclerosis. However, there must be more than just trigeminal neuralgia to define definite ms. History of other suspicious symptoms, abnormalities on neuro exam other than just trigeminal neuralgia and supplemental diagnostic studies will better define the suspicion for ms. ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis magnify feelings of depression and anxiety? Can it be a symptom of MS also?

Can multiple sclerosis magnify feelings of depression and anxiety? Can it be a symptom of MS also?

Yes to all: Ms can and often does worsen depression and anxiety. It could also be biologically a cause for depression and anxiety. Please get the help you need from your neurologist and your family doctor and see a psychiatrist or psychologist or both if necessary. Try to enjoy the holidays. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can chronic joint and muscle pain be a symptom if multiple sclerosis along with weakness?

Can chronic joint and muscle pain be a symptom if multiple sclerosis along with weakness?

Pain not unique: At least 90% of MS patients have significant issues with pain, but am not convinced that you have MS at all. See your doctor and uncover why you are suffering your symptoms, and get a diagnostic confirmation. ...Read more

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I've had numerous test done. Outcome sign of Multiple Sclerosis not active I'm 50 will it become active?

I've had numerous test done. Outcome sign of Multiple Sclerosis not active I'm 50 will it become active?

Yes it is possible: Disease can go into remission and then flare up. You have to look for the cause. We propose to treat causes of such chronic ailment. To learn more about how to treat the cause Please visit us www. Ehacstl. Com ...Read more

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I have multiple sclerosis & the symptoms of diabetes are so similar how do I know if I'm a diabetic? My dr. Refers everything to multiple sclerosis.

I have multiple sclerosis & the symptoms of diabetes are so similar how do I know if I'm a diabetic? My dr. Refers everything to multiple sclerosis.

Easy: The test for diabetes is simple - it is just a blood test. It is important not to attribute everything you experience to ms. However, it is possible your doctor has already done some additional testing and has ruled-out diabetes. Many patients are not aware of all the tests that are run when they go to the lab and have blood drawn. Just ask your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

What are the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Maybe significant: Several common presentations can include unilateral loss of vision, progressive weakness of legs, loss of coordination or balance, a band of tightness around the waist, double vision. More insidious issues include, bladder problems, cognitive challenges, fatigue, peculiar sensation losses. ...Read more

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What early symptoms should I feel I have multiple sclerosis?

What early symptoms should I feel I have multiple sclerosis?

Visual, sensorimotor: The top presenting symptoms of MS are loss of vision in one eye, double vision, sensorimotor changes and ataxia. Symptoms usually come on over several days and last several weeks. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Need expert help here. What are symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Could be protean: Not uncommonly, initial loss of vision in one eye, but could present with loss of coordination, imbalance, leg weakness, numbness, tingling, unusual fatigue, and even memory and organizational skill loss. In essence, can affect any area of brain or spinal cord. ...Read more

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What symptoms of ms multiple sclerosis?

What symptoms of ms multiple sclerosis?

Variable: Please consult this site for information on early symptoms of MS
http://www. Webmd. Com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-symptoms
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

What are signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Maybe significant: Several common presentations can include unilateral loss of vision, progressive weakness of legs, loss of coordination or balance, a band of tightness around the waist, double vision. More insidious issues include, bladder problems, cognitive challenges, fatigue, peculiar sensation losses. ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis be screened for prior to any signs or symptoms?

Can multiple sclerosis be screened for prior to any signs or symptoms?

Not easily: There are small studies looking at the risk of developing early stage MS (clinically isolated syndrome) after getting an MRI (for non-ms reasons) which has changes very suspicious for MS lesions. The risk is low but not zero, with a minority of cases going on to have a neurological event which would put them into a clinically isolated symdrome category. Screening MRI are not currently advised. ...Read more

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What can I do to minimize symptoms of multiple sclerosis, joined with taking medication?

What can I do to minimize symptoms of multiple sclerosis, joined with taking medication?

Complex but doable: First, make certain that your basic dmt is potent and appropriate (like tysabri (natalizumab) or gilenya), and you need advice from an experienced ms specialist. Multiple meds to alleviate symptoms are available, for fatigue, urinary frequency, cognitive issues, walking problems, spasticity. Also, take supplemental vitamin d-3, 5000-10000 units daily. ...Read more

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Will being bulimic make my multiple sclerosis symptoms worse? Will it make it progress any faster?

Will being bulimic make my multiple sclerosis symptoms worse? Will it make it progress any faster?

Will have no effect: Bulimia is not a direct issue, but, complications of dietary situations can temporarily make things seem worse. A fever could cause a "pseudo-relapse", temporary but still troublesome. On the other hand, if you follow a low fat diet in spite of your issues, this would be somewhat beneficial in the end. Your bulimia could compromise oral meds, so discuss with your neurologist. ...Read more

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How to detect multiple sclerosis eye symptoms?

How to detect multiple sclerosis eye symptoms?

Variable, but: Quite more common is optic neuritis, where unilateral loss of vision, associated with pain on eye motion, color desaturation, and possibly an abnormal pupillary light response. Other eye issues may include abnormal eye movements, such as nystagmus or double vision, and an item called internuclear ophthalmoplegia, which can associate both of the latter phenomena. ...Read more

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Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Varies, but often: The disease can present with loss of vision in one eye, electrical tingling on bending the neck, unexplained imbalance or falling, leg weakness and/or spasticity, bladder incontinence, fatigue, double vision, and problems with intellectual function. This can be isolated or grouped, and in 85% if pts symptoms come on rapidly and slowly remit, i.e., relapsing-remitting ms. Start rx asap. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

What are the common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Varies, but often: The disease can present with loss of vision in one eye, electrical tingling on bending the neck, unexplained imbalance or falling, leg weakness and/or spasticity, bladder incontinence, fatigue, double vision, and problems with intellectual function. This can be isolated or grouped, and in 85% if pts symptoms come on rapidly and slowly remit, i.e., relapsing-remitting ms. Start rx asap. ...Read more

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How to tell if these are common multiple sclerosis symptoms?

Symptoms of MS: Common symptoms of MS are loss of vision in one eye, numbness or weakness on one side of the face or the body, double vision, clumsiness, or sometimes neuropsychiatric symptoms. The MS society keeps a helpful list of symptoms on their website.

The symptoms of MS do not make the diagnosis - the evaluation and test results are needed. ...Read more

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What do you consider primary symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Classical: Loss of vision unilaterally, loss of balance and coordination, weakness of both legs, or focal arm/leg weakness, electrical shock sensation from neck downwards, unexplained fatigue or cognitive loss, problems with bladder control. All of this varies greatly from patient to patient as NO MS pt is similar to another. ...Read more

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How heavy or light can the symptoms of multiple sclerosis be?

Varies: Benign ms may afflict 5% and likely does not result in long-term issues. Marburg ms in kids can be rapid and deadly. Symptoms may exacerbate, and these need to be treated asap to prevent disability. Success in ms is improved with close patient-doctor contact. ...Read more

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What disease has symptoms similar to that of multiple sclerosis?

What disease has symptoms similar to that of multiple sclerosis?

Several: The confirmation of ms involves excluding several diseases that seem similar at times. Perhaps the biggest challenge is cadasil, a genetic disorder associated with migraines and small strokes. However, other disorders can cause confusion such as lupus, lyme disease, b-12 deficiency, sjogren's, arteritis, and a number of rare disorders. The MRI may seem similar in some of these cases. ...Read more

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Which others conditions can mimic the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

Which others conditions can mimic the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

MS mimickers: Stroke, vasculitis, systemic lupus, antiphospholpid antibody syndrome, neuromyelitis optica, transverse myelitis, myelopathy, metastatic or multifocal neoplastic disease, complicated migraine, ADEM to name a few. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what symptoms do people with multiple sclerosis exhibit?

Many: Not unique to present with visual loss in one eye, but could also see early loss of balance, weakness in legs, and peculiar numbness tingling and electrical sensations down the spine. Fatigue and cognitive issues could occur early. Disease is protean and may have numerous variations from person to person. ...Read more

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In what percentage of people does lhermitte's sign indicate multiple sclerosis?

Not pathonemonic: Lhermitte's sign is common in ms, but is also associated with multiple other diseases or medical conditions including vitamin B12 deficiency. You should see a board certified neurologist or your primary care doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What are some early symptoms of multiple sclerosis and what test should be done?

What are some early symptoms of multiple sclerosis and what test should be done?

Can be protean: May encounter loss of vision, numbness, weakness, imbalance or incoordiation, and less commonly early fatigue or cognitive issues. A clue might involve heat bringing out neurological symptoms. If questions arise of MS, an MRI of brain might be first step. Blood studies to rule out other entities can be considered, but a spinal tap may be also confirmatory or MS. Doctor diagnoses based on all. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms and signs of multiple sclerosis that a sufferer might experience?

Many possible: Changes in vision out of one eye, double vision, whole segments of the body with sensory changes not mapping to a single nerve root, weakness in a limb, imbalance, fatigue or symptoms worsened by heat/exertion, new bowel or bladder dysfunction. Symptoms must last a minimum of 24 hours, more typically escalating over several days, peaking, then improving. Neuro exam should be consistent. ...Read more

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With multiple sclerosis, what symptoms do you experience early on before being diagnosed?

See below: Typical presentation may be abrupt loss of vision in one eye, but might see weakness in legs, loss of balance and/or coordination, issues with numbness, fatigue, double vision, bowel or bladder problems, or even cognitive challenges. ...Read more

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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

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