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What Is Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
See below: Secondary progressive MS is a more advanced stage of relapsing remitting ms. In this stage, individuals experience fewer recognized neurological relapses, and betwen such attacks begin to accumulate measureable worsening of physical or cognitive disability. It is not a distinct form of disease, but part of the spectrum of relapsing ms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is MS: Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and / or optic nerves. It may cause attacks of symptoms or follow a progressive course. It may affect different areas of the these body parts at different times over many years. It may be either aggressive or benign. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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Multiple sclerosis : Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disorder in which the brain and spinal cord become the target of our own immune system. The myelin, important brain substance that facilitates brain cell communication, gets damaged in multiple areas over time as result of this inflammatory response. Patients symptoms may vary based on the area affected by the inflammation or demyelination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autoimmune condition: It is a condition where your own immune system attacks the sheaths (myelin) which covers your nerve fibers. Common symptoms include weakness in muscles due to slow/ damaged nerve conduction. Lowering Inflammation in your body via diet, stress reduction, anti-inflammatory supplements may delay, stabilize and improve the condition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prog.disease: There is a variant form of MS that is very aggressive that can lead to coma or death. However most of the other forms do not have such a grave prognosis. If left untreated >30 % of patients will develop significant disability within 20->25 years after onset. Life expectancy is shortened only slightly, death usually results from secondary complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease where your immune system attacks nerves and nerve wires in your brain and spinal cord causing many different symptoms. Scoliosis usually refers to excessive curvature of the bony part of the spine and not the spinal cord. Scoliosis can present with pain ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Several potentials: Cadasil, lupus, arteritis, clippers, pernicious anemia, cervical spondylosis, lyme disease, CNS lymphoma, sjogren's, melas. If you get the point, ms may be hard to diagnose, and often need to exclude other explanations. Patterns may or may not be different, and sometimes it is important to get testing and even several opinions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily : Ms has been said to shorten life span, and untreated this is correct, but several studies have supported normal life if appropriate potent meds are employed. Primary progressive ms does not respond well to the usual meds, and mostly symptomatic interventions are used. There are many research projects nowadays, and best to contact a medical school and get involved. ...Read more
Not similar diseases: Als is very different, and is a disease of "mis-folded proteins" like alzheimers and parkinson's, and all of these affect older people. Ms is an autoimmune disease afflicting younger patients who have hereditary susceptibilities and environmental exposures. Ms can be successfully treated and controlled, but ALS does not respond well to current therapies. ...Read more
In part: Hereditary risk is one factor, but the interplay between genetic background and environment is likely in this disease. Identical twins studies show about a 30% risk for MS if one twin has the disease (certainly not 100%). Population studies show certain ancestry may increase or decrease risk (e.g. Northern european ancestry high, whereas asian, african, aboriginal very low). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No cure at this time: It is difficult to develop a cure when the cause of a condition is not fully understood. There seem to be several factors that contribute to the development of MS but there is no ONE gene or ONE virus that has been implicated as a direct cause. Rather, the interaction of genetic susceptibility and infectous and/or environmental factors seem to result in dysregulation of the immune system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lou Gehrig's: Als also known as lou gehrig's disease is a disease of nerves. It is a progressive loss of muscle strength. Initial symptoms are usually muscle weakness or cramps followed by muscle paralysis in later stages. Difficulty breathing and swallowing are common due to the muscle weakness. There is no cure but there are medications to help with symptom management. ...Read more
No: Population studies have suggest that mononucleosis in adolescence, smoking, and possibly childhood obesity are risks for developing ms. However ms is a complex variable disease requiring genetic predisposition along with some environmental trigger(s), possibly influenced by hormones, immune system priming from certain infectious agents. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Etiology for MS: Not difinite yet could be enviornmental could be genetic could be infectious scientists are still working on. ...Read more
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