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Causes Of Multiple Sclerosis
Current thinking: Ms is an autoimmune disorder, which occurs in genetically susceptible folks, associated with environmental influences. But to date, we don't have all the information to prevent the onset. Various presenting signs provide clues of the onset of the disease. Since this is so complex, recommend going to mayo clinic site, wikipedia, or www.Aan.Com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Comorbidities: Although ms can cause problems in the arms and hands secondary to lesions in brain and spinal cord, many patients do suffer secondary complications, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or ulnar nerve problems at elbows. B-12 deficiency is seen not uncommonly, and can affect peripheral nerve function, and a diabetic with ms can be especially vulnerable to peripheral nerve problems. (cause, see and). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not known: We know this so far, ms is an autoimmune disease associated with genetic susceptibility, and environmental triggers (including increased incidence with prior ebv infections, low levels of vitamin d, growing up north of latitude 39, smoking, eating high fat, high salt diet, etc). Not sure what you mean by mitochondria, but these cellular contents are damaged by ms lesions. ...Read more
No: Neurobiology is gradually inching closer to discovering the cause of MS, but we're not there yet. Epidemiological studies going way back have identified a wide range of demographic factors having to do with race, sex, age, where you lived before your 15th birthday, etc. But you can't blame kitchen work for your MS. I hope that helps you to feel better rather than worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You bet!: Anti-spasticity agents will assist the tightness in the legs, and you could try baclofen, tizanidine, maybe botox, etc. The newest agent touted to assist gait speed, and stamina, is called ampyra, but may not help everyone, just have to try it. Best way to address mobility problem is to be using the most effective potent medications, and supplementing with vitamin d. ...Read more
Several : The electrical shock sensations over the neck and upper back associated with lhermitte's, the intense facial pain associated with tic douleureux, the vague aching encountered over trunk or legs, and less common syndromes. But most common is migraine headaches, which occur at frequency of 2-4 times those who do not have ms. ...Read more
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