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Does Phenytoin can protect from Multiple sclerosis attacks? Because I read it can reducing the Nerve signals and I read that in the medical news

Does Phenytoin can protect from Multiple sclerosis attacks? Because I read it can reducing the Nerve signals and I read that in the medical news

No: Dilantin is a great medication for seizure and sometimes used for off label neuropathic pain. Etiology of multiple sclerosis remains unknown but all of the medication aims at suppressing immune system with exception of one. So perhaps that's what they meant, used to treat neuropathy in ms pt? There are all sorts of studies going on. It's truly an exciting field!!! ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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I had an allergic reaction to a medication which caused pin and needles and nerve pain in my body. Can an allergic reaction cause multiple sclerosis?

I had an allergic reaction to a medication which caused pin and needles and nerve pain in my body. Can an allergic reaction cause multiple sclerosis?

You didn't and No: 1) Allergic reactions don't cause "pins and needles" or "nerve pain" (whatever that means). They cause rash, itching and swelling. Whatever kind of reaction you had, it wasn't an ALLERGIC reaction. 2) Your symptoms sound nothing like MS. 3) Nobody knows what does cause MS, but "allergic" (or whatever) reactions don't. Whoever discovers the cause of MS will win a Nobel Prize in Medicine. ...Read more

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What's the difference between Parkinson's & multiple sclerosis? I have symptoms of both, MRI & nerve test is ok, how do I clarify 4 sure f I have either?

What's the difference between Parkinson's & multiple sclerosis? I have symptoms of both, MRI & nerve test is ok, how do I clarify 4 sure f I have either?

HUGE DIFFERENCE: MS is autoimmune disorder starting late 20's into 30's, and affecting eye, balance, strength, sensation, coordination. Parkinson's starts late middle age, is degenerative, associated with resting tremor, slowing of motion, imbalance, muscle tightness (not weakness). Cognitive issues could be seen in both. Get second opinion from neurologist, you do NOT have both!! ...Read more

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After I had an allergic reaction to a medication I've been have paresthesia and nerve pain. Can an allergic reaction cause multiple sclerosis?

After I had an allergic reaction to a medication I've been have paresthesia and nerve pain. Can an allergic reaction cause multiple sclerosis?

No: Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune mediated disorder of unclear etiology, but is not due to allergic reactions. However, if you possess subclinical lesions in brain or spinal cord, a co-morbidity could provoke symptoms. Perhaps a visit to a seasoned and experienced neurologist could help clarify your issues. ...Read more

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What medications can help with nerve pain caused by my multiple sclerosis? I have tried gabapentin and oxcabazapine and both have stopped working. 

What medications can help with nerve pain caused by my multiple sclerosis? I have tried gabapentin and oxcabazapine and both have stopped working. 

Change dose: You might have built up tolerance and need dose escalation. Titrate Gabapentin to 1200 mg 3xday or 900 4xday. If alreadymat 3600 mg per day consider switching to lyrica (pregabalin). ...Read more

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Can an untreated swollen spinal cord cause same symptoms as multiple sclerosis and if so can the nerve damage and muscle weakness be made better?

Can an untreated swollen spinal cord cause same symptoms as multiple sclerosis and if so can the nerve damage and muscle weakness be made better?

Perhaps: Spinal cord swelling can be secondary to variety of causes, such as neuromyelitis optica, trauma, MS, tumors, and could cause localized symptoms indistinguishable from your MS. (Have you had an anti-aquaporin 4 test?) Typically might treat with steroids, but this would make your diabetes temporarily worse. Acthar might create a lesser complication. Check for NMO prior to starting MS med. ...Read more

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Treatment of multiple sclerosis is for life or temporary taking s.c injection of betaferon?

Treatment of multiple sclerosis is for life or temporary taking s.c injection of betaferon?

Need chronically: Some advice, there are pills available, but where you live, might be tough to get. Nonetheless, do not miss your injections, and add Vitamin D-3 about 5000-10000 units per day. We do not have a clear idea when to stop the MS meds, and in those older patients who I have stopped, a few have had relapses. Stay tuned, drugs to be used differently are on the horizon. (even Lemtrada) ...Read more

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All test Negative. No multiple Sclerosis! Who or where can I go to find out why I'm having problems bending my leg. NO PAIN!!! ?

All test Negative. No multiple Sclerosis! Who or where can I go to find out why I'm having problems bending my leg. NO PAIN!!! ?

Painless leg problem: I'm a bit confused. You state "No multiple Sclerosis! " but in your Clinical Findings: Conditions, you list "Multiple sclerosis". You also didn't describe where you're having painless difficulty bending your leg: hip? knee? ankle? My suggestion is to have your Family Doc refer you to Sports Med specialist, Rheumatologist, Orthopedic surgeon & even Neurologist esp if MS. Have u had EMG/NCV? Biopsy? ...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 odds that I'm going to develop multiple sclerosis? How common is this?

Variable.: If you have identical twin with MS, about 30%, but if no relative and you live north of latitudes 39-42, could be as high as 1 in 545 in the general population. About 450, 000 cases thought to be in USA, in a population over 300, 000, 000. ...Read more

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What are the dangers, if any, of taking cycles or "gear" for bodybuilding if that person had multiple sclerosis? I'm just curious.

What are the dangers, if any, of taking cycles or "gear" for bodybuilding if that person had multiple sclerosis? I'm just curious.

Not simple: Bodily temperature elevation, from vigorous exercise, may result in a pseudo exacerbation, with amplification of prior symptoms which can reverse with cooling. But exercise is of value for ms patients, just needs to be paced. Also, depending upon the patients debility, exercise should be designed to prevent harm secondary to weakness, or imbalance/incoordination. ...Read more

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Why are "family doctors" answering multiple sclerosis questions?! I have spotted inaccurate info being given. Only a neuro answer? 's

Why are "family doctors" answering multiple sclerosis questions?! I have spotted inaccurate info being given. Only a neuro answer? 's

Part of a team: Your family doctor is usually the doc who makes the referrals and is often the one who helps treat complications, such as urinary tract infections, fatigue, associated injuries, medication reactions, and he/she keeps open the communication lines between different specialties. Coordination of medical care is critcal these days. ...Read more

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Dr. What if on last MRI the lesions of multiple sclerosis disappear? Is that means that I'm healed? Yeah I'm the patient

Dr. What if on last MRI the lesions of multiple sclerosis disappear? Is that means that I'm healed? Yeah I'm the patient

Comments: The MRI lesions in MS do NOT typically "disappear", and if this has happened, you did NOT have MS. Get a neurological consultation, but under the circumstances truly doubt your original diagnosis. ...Read more

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How does one get multiple sclerosis?

No one really knows: Ms is thought to be caused when the immune system attacks the neurons in the body, specifically the cells that make white matter. There are many theories of why the body does this but no agreement. ...Read more

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I'm scared I have multiple sclerosis?

Need to know more: Will really need to know more about what your symptoms are. Initially, you should discuss your concerns with your primary care physician. Then an appropriate a referral to a neurologist will allow a more definitive diagnosis for you.Multiple sclerosis is treatable at the present time with multiple medications and ensure an excellany quality of life. ...Read more

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Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

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 can multiple sclerosis affect the body?

How can multiple sclerosis affect the body?

Central nervous only: Affects brain, spinal cord, and eyes, by attacking the myelin coverings of the nerves. Causes changes in vision, balance, strength, sensation, stamina, memory, bowel and bladder functions, in part. No direct effect on internal organs such as heart or lung. ...Read more

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Which system does multiple sclerosis attack?

Which system does multiple sclerosis attack?

MS: Initially brain and / or spinal cord. But many other systems are attached to nervous system such as; muscle causing weakness and stiffness urinary bladder causing dysfunction behavior causing mood disturbance peripheral nerves causing numbness eyes causing blindness, pain and loss of color vision balance and falls. ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis cause other conditions?

Not directly: But, complications due to MS can occur. Such as bladder infections, falling resulting in bone fractures, osteoporosis due to frequent steroids or immobilization, risk of medication adverse events such as hypertension or liver abnormalities or thyroid issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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. Bennett Machanic
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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