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Doctor insights on: What Are Demyelination Diseases Other Than Ms

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What are demyelination diseases other than ms?

What are demyelination diseases other than ms?

See answer below: There are several demyelinating disease in the central nervous system. Among those, adem (acute disseminated encephalomyelitis), nmo (neuro myelitis optica), marburg or fulminant inflammatory demyelinating disease (idd) etc... Seek the help of a neurologist in order to be properly diagnosed and properly treated as treatments vary for these different conditions. ...Read more

Demyelination (Definition)

Nerve fibers have a central axon insulated by myelin covering. Demyelination is damage to the myelin, and typically experienced in multiple sclerosis due to an autoimmune attack by lymphocytes, but may be seen also in hereditary leukodystrophies, acute encephalomyelitis, ...Read more


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What infections besides borrelia could cause CNS demyelination and cns/neuro symptoms ? Just infections please...Not ms

What infections besides borrelia could cause CNS demyelination and cns/neuro symptoms ? Just infections please...Not ms

Bartonella: Bartonella has been found to also cause CNS symptoms and it is a coinfection in the CNS with lyme in some cases. The tic that carried the borrelia infection could also have carried, bartonella, mycoplasma, ehrlichia and babesia. Bartonella does cause CNS symptoms. ...Read more

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I have 13 small inactive demyelinations in the brain.Ms was excluded by a few neurologists. What could have caused them ?

I have 13 small inactive demyelinations in the brain.Ms was excluded by a few neurologists. What could have caused them ?

Tests to exclude MS?: Tests that should be done to exclude ms include evoked potentials (visual, auditory, brainstem), MRI of the neuraxis (cervical and thoracic spine), and if unrevealing then a lumbar puncture to look for oligoclonal bands in the CSF but not in the serum. Only after those measures have been completed does one explore the more unusual causes. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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Got13small inactive demyelinations in the brain.Neurologists said not ms-demyelinations disposed different.Is pet scan enough to confirm or infirm ms?

Got13small inactive demyelinations in the brain.Neurologists said not ms-demyelinations disposed different.Is pet scan enough to confirm or infirm ms?

Will not help: Your lesions might be due to head injury smoking, hypertension, or migraine but could also be RIS, an early sign of MS. PET WON't dfferentiate but spinal tap or repeat MRI both brain and neck in 6 months might be considered ...Read more

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Top of the head feels numb and i feel a burning sensation and pressure.Got 30small inactive demyelinations MS was excluded.Stays1-2weeks and goes away?

Top of the head feels numb and i feel a burning sensation and pressure.Got 30small inactive demyelinations MS was excluded.Stays1-2weeks and goes away?

Inactive myelination: Thank you for your interesting question. So MS was excluded, but there are 30 inactive myelinations? Perhaps these were caused by smoking, an injury, or? The symptom you mentioned- numbness and burning on top of the head- is not one that suggests MS either. If you are otherwise feeling well, treat symtomatically (try ice?) If it continues to bother you, it may be time for another check up. ...Read more

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If u have peripheral neuropathy & demylination on ncs does this point towards, or away from, als and ms? I've been terrified that I have als or ppms.

If u have peripheral neuropathy & demylination on ncs does this point towards, or away from, als and ms? I've been terrified that I have als or ppms.

Depends: Peripheral nervous system demyelination is not common for either MS nor ALS. Nonetheless, if you have had NCS/EMG, it is assumed a doctor ordered it, so perhaps a discussion with the physician would be appropriate. ...Read more

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What can I do to calm down my MS disease?

What can I do to calm down my MS disease?

Good question: Get on a potent medicine (newer orals?), supplement vit d, follow low fat, low salt diet; avoid smoking, get aerobic exercise, manage stress, work closely with experienced neurologist, treat infections asap, avoid hot ambient surroundings, get relapses treated asap. Lastly, realize, that ms is a treatable and controllable disease in the year 2013, and we have loads of therapeutic choices now. ...Read more

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Can behçet's disease be missdiagnosed as ms?

Can behçet's disease be missdiagnosed as ms?

Have seen it.: If there is question of confusing diagnosis, may need a team approach, such as neurology, ophthalmology, and maybe rheumatology. Need established and confirmed diagnosis, as treatment varies. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's disease be a trigger for MS and AS?

Can Crohn's disease be a trigger for MS and AS?

Links do exist: The link between Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) has long been recognized, but only recently has the link between IBD and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) been appreciated. Ref. http://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/2014/10/06/researchers-find-link-between-multiple-sclerosis-ibd/ ...Read more

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Which other diseases is associated with demyelinating disease besides ms?

Which other diseases is associated with demyelinating disease besides ms?

See below: Some hereditary problems called leukodystrophies, association with toxins, like glue sniffing, medication reactions, such as anti-cancer drugs. And, of course, many peripheral nerve problems which can demyelination of distal nerves, such as chronic inflammatory demyelinating radiculoneuropathy. ...Read more

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My aunt was just diagnosed with MS and she is 33 or 34. How likely is this disease hereditary? I don't know of anybody else ever having this?

My aunt was just diagnosed with MS and she is 33 or 34. How likely is this disease hereditary? I don't know of anybody else ever having this?

Multifactorial: Ms is not a genetic disorder, but does affect folks who are genetically susceptible, if specific environmental triggers are present. We are aware or prior ebstein-barr viral infections, low vitamin d, latitude prevalences, smoking risks, etc. You are not at any especial risk statistically due to your aunt's issues, indeed your risk is well under 0.5%. ...Read more

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Are there any other diseases that mimic ms?

Yes: Unfortunately, many symptoms of MS are shared in common with other medical conditions. Your neurologist will be in a good position to screen for these issues once a thorough review of medical history and exam findings are available. ...Read more

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What is the difference between MS and wilson's disease?

What is the difference between MS and wilson's disease?

Major: Wilson's: inherited disease of copper metabolism, with wing-beating tremors, dystonia, ataxia, speech issues, liver abnormalities. Diagnosed with copper and ceruloplamin levels, and slit lamp. MS: autoimmune disorder of brain, spinal cord, and eye, not genetic, not affecting liver, causing visual, strength, balance, coordination, cognitive and fatigue issues, diagnosed by MRI brain and cord. ...Read more

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My sis was diagnosis with MS in her back only, i thought that affected the whole body. How will this affect her since we don't understand the disease?

My sis was diagnosis with MS in her back only, i thought that affected the whole body. How will this affect her since we don't understand the disease?

SPINAL CORD: Some folks have only lesions noted in the spinal cord, and lack lesions in brain. In this case, leg weakness, numbness, and maybe bowel or bladder problems might ensue, but please question the diagnosis, as she might possess neuromyelitis optica, and an nmo antibody study might assist. If it is indeed ms, please start potent disease modifying agent to control inflammation. ...Read more

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Can MS and Lyme disease be the same thing?

Can MS and Lyme disease be the same thing?

No but: No, they are not the same, however, it is possible for neurological lyme to have similar symptoms as ms. ...Read more

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Does progressive MS respond the same to available disease modifying treatments?

In some cases: The most robust benefit of currently available treatment appears to be in the earlier phases of relapsing forms of ms. As times goes on, and with the development of progressive disability, there is a less obvious physical or cognitive benefit from such agents. While inflammation never ceases, loss of pathways in the central nervous system drives progressive loss of function. ...Read more

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