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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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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 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?

Can vary: If one possesses relapsing-remitting ms, the typical presentation involves rather rapid optic neuritis, or gait imbalance/incoordination, or perhaps leg weakness or sensory loss, which may or may not resolve without treatment. But the primary progressive patient may indeed have slow deterioration with additional problems and no remission. On occasion, fatigue and intellectual losses may be early. ...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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Can multiple sclerosis symptom only come on during certain provocative activities?

Can multiple sclerosis symptom only come on during certain provocative activities?

Yes: Classically, hot ambient temperatures can transiently exacerbate ms and bring out prior quiescent symptoms & signs. In the past, the "hot bath test" would be used to confirm the diagnosis. Such "pseudo-relapses" can accompany infections, fevers, and even allergic reactions. Occas, heavy exercise can raise body temperature and provoke transient symptoms. The drug Cipro (ciprofloxacin) may also provoke. ...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 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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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