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Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis In Children
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
Yes.: Male fertility does not appear to be impaired in ms, although some men may have problems with impotence or ejaculatory dysfunction that interfere with conception. These problems are amenable to a variety of therapeutic strategies, including medication for erectile dysfunction, artificial insemination, and electronic ejaculatory stimulation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How much vitamin d help reduce my children's risk of multiple sclerosis? With a long family history I want to do all I can for them to not have this.
Unclear at this time: We do have a study of military personnel stating that those soldiers with lower vit d levels had a higher risk of ms, and another study of ms pts, who seemed to do better with higher blood levels. However, causes of ms are far more complicated and involved. See no problem with supplementation, but talk to your pediatrician, as not clear re ideal vit level in kids (adults, aim for 50-60 ng/ml). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For what length of time can you actually have symptoms of multiple sclerosis before you are diagnosed?
Could be years: Have seen many patients who have clearcut MS, who had delayed diagnoses up to 5-10 yrs after onset of first problems. Many reasons for this, including lack of insurance, denial of disease, fears of physicians, moving from place to place and not completing evaluations, being diagnosed as having psychiatric problems, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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