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What Makes You Get Multiple Sclerosis
Not fully understood: Multiple sclerosis is a very complex disease. There is a large collection of research identifying certain genes (most governing control of the immune system) as both increasing risk and potentially protective against MS (based on studies of populations). Environmental and hormonal factors may also play a role in individuals with a background genetic risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Actually common: A variety of painful symptoms can occur. Some studies suggest up to 60 % of ms pts can encounter pain. Severe facial pain (tic doloureux), spasms associated with spasticity, vague discomfort in legs, feet, arms, and electrical sensations down the spine are among the symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: 85% of all initial ms diagnoses are for relapsing-remitting forms, but about 10% are primary progressive with slow gradual deterioration without exacerbations or improvement. When the r/r form gets out of control, by 10-20 yrs , there is also a steady progression, secondary progressive ms. A rare form, called progressive relapsing is a mix of both. ...Read more
Many : Not unique to present with visual loss in one eye, but could also see early loss of balance, weakness in legs, and peculiar numbness tingling and electrical sensations down the spine. Fatigue and cognitive issues could occur early. Disease is protean and may have numerous variations from person to person. ...Read more
Not rare: Many disorders can mimic ms, and in view of confusion, have seen several cases which were frankly challenging. Cadasil, sjogren's, lupus, lyme disease, clippers, neuromyelitis optica, pernicious anemia, syphilis, sarcoidosis, and aids, are just some of the conditions which may create difficulty. This in part, explains why many neurologists refer to ms sub specialists at times. ...Read more
VARIABLE: At least 50-65% of ms patients develop cognitive issues, and these include problems with memory, organizational skills, recognition of words and images, but emotional problems might include depression, euphoria, impulse control disorders, fatigue, even sleep disorders, and latter can create additional burdens and conflicts. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Stepwise process: First, see an expert neurologist who has many MS pts, and do history and exam. If suspicious issues, MRI of brain, and a few blood tests will be ordered, and if inconclusive, MRI of neck, and/or spinal fluid study might be next. BUT, N.B., discuss with your primary doc value of initiating these complexities first. ...Read more
See below: Autoimmune type of attack on brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves in genetically susceptible young individuals, who are exposed to a variety of environmental events. Can lead to profound impairment and disability, but can be controlled and stabilized in most cases with modern potent meds. An expert neurologist who is experienced can work wonders. ...Read more
See neurologist: Do not know your symptoms or prior test results, so cannot guide your pursuit of a diagnostic explanation. Rather, get appt with local neurologist and track down whether you do indeed possess a neurological disorder, such as MS ...Read more
There are 2 froms.: Nf-1 is characterized by tumors on small nerves under the skin. The worst form of this was depicted in a movie called the "elephant man". Tumors on spinal nerves can cause numness and weakness of certain arm or leg muscles. Nf-2 is characterized by brain tumors. The most common form is a tumor on both hearing nerves. Hearing loss, dizzyness, and ringing in the ear are common symptoms of nf-2. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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