Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, the Answers You by Rosalind Kalb MD

By Rosalind Kalb MD

A analysis of MS can think overwhelming, even terrifying. although over 400,000 American's have acquired that prognosis, succinct solutions at the matters surrounding MS will be difficult to return by means of. This consultant is the definitive source in the event you desire details in this debilitating illness. geared up in an available question-and-answer layout, it comprises details on analysis, epidemiology, and the condition's emotional, social, and monetary features, in addition to descriptions of universal medicinal drugs and useful suggestion for dealing with indicators.

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An eye examination with an ophthalmoscope may reveal the presence of damage to the optic nerve. A pale optic nerve in MS is often indicative of earlier damage, even if the person reports no past or current visual symptoms. The doctor will also test visual acuity and look for evidence of double vision (diplopia) or incoordination of eye movements. The physician will test for evidence of weakness by asking you to resist efforts to pull or push your arms and legs. You may also be asked to squeeze the doctor’s hand as hard as you can.

So, MS is not directly inherited, like blue eyes or brown hair, but the susceptibility to develop the disease is likely determined at least in part by heredity. The general conclusion is that people of northern and central European ancestry, as well as those whose ancestry has become mingled with this group, seem to have some genetic predisposition to the disease. Current research is trying to identify additional factors that may make people more susceptible to MS. , viral or bacterial) is the likely culprit.

Keep track of the changes so that, when you do call your physician, you are able to describe how and when the pro­ blem started. Keep in mind that very few MS-related symptoms are medical emergencies and most can be handled safely and effectively during normal working hours. My symptoms are so varied and unpredictable that it’s hard for me to know which are caused by MS and which might be due to some other medical problem. How do I know which doctor to call for a new problem or symptom? The symptoms of MS can be quite varied, appearing in many different parts of your body.

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