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Doctor insights on: Swank Diet For Multiple Sclerosis

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What is a good diet for a multiple sclerosis patient?

What is a good diet for a multiple sclerosis patient?

Swank diet: Historically, the swank low fat diet was thought to reduce relapses, and indeed still is used by some. Over time, fewer follow this. A pulse counting approach after meals was said to detect inflammatory foods if pulse went up and that food was eliminated. Not much followed now. Best bet: supplement vitamin d-3, 5-10, 000 units daily. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

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


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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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If I have multiple sclerosis, how can I reduce the effects of an attack?

If I have multiple sclerosis, how can I reduce the effects of an attack?

Get relapse treated: All significant relapses should be treated ASAP. Choices include oral or intravenous steroids, injections of ACTH, plasmapheresis, and if pregnant, IVIG. Better yet, prevent relapses, by using potent MS meds such as Tysabri or Gilenya. ...Read more

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How do I know if someone has multiple sclerosis?

How do I know if someone has multiple sclerosis?

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 more

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Can you still not be in a wheelchair after having multiple sclerosis for years?

Can you still not be in a wheelchair after having multiple sclerosis for years?

Yes: Some people with MS have a more rapid progression of debilitation while others continue to function with less disability. The medications that are available today have helped manage the symptoms and in some cases slow the progression. ...Read more

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What are the causes of multiple sclerosis?

What are the causes of multiple sclerosis?

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 more

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Can i go to gym and exercise reggulary despite I have multiple sclerosis?

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 more

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How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

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 more

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What are signs of multiple sclerosis?

Many: Ms can present with a host of physical findings including optic neuritis, unilateral weakness and numbness, a band-like sensation around your chest or abdomen, hearing loss, gait ataxia, slurred speech, urinary incontinence, bilateral upper extremity/lower extremity weakness. Typically the initial presentation in the young may be a single symptom (optic neuritis), however hemiparesis is seen. ...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


Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Diet is a four letter word implying temporary measures with few good permanent results. I believe instead in 'healthy lifestyle changes' that may produce results more slowly ...Read more