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What other neurologic disorders are there that can mimick the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?


My mom has had back surgery, two knee replacements, foot surgery. She did not follow up on rehab at all after her 2nd knee, does not exercise. She has left-sided inflamation head to toe, including the optic nerve. Urinary and bowel incontinence. This has been going on for years. Her eye Dr. said there was bleeding in the eye that has lost vision. I see similaritites with MS but the loss of vision was that last symptom and what I have researched says it's typically the first. She also has a bulging disc on L5. Is it possible that long term nerve damage and spinal cord compression can cause the same symptoms as MS?
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This sounds like a hodge-podge of symptoms, rather than a complete condition. It's entirely possible that spinal cord compression and long-term nerve damage could result in similar symptoms as MS, especially incontinence. Does she have peripheral neuropathy? Numbness and tingling in her extremities? How old is your mom? MS typically strikes people in the prime of life. Generally speaking, people older than 50 are thought to be out of risk for MS. If your mom is over 50 and she had MS, it would've been very, very advanced by now, and I imagine she would've been showing symptoms in her 30s and 40s.

I agree with the person who said that this sounds more like diabetes. Especially if your mother is either overweight, 60+ or both.

Good luck.  (+ info)

I'm looking for 8 videos on youtube illustrating some specific gait disorders. Please help!?


I'm looking for a series of 8 videos that are (were?) on youtube that illustrate various gait disorders. i believe these videos were done by people from the Univ of Utah.

All of the videos depict a man with glasses who is describing and actually doing the gait disorders. He is in an area with a dark colored wall and no furniture or pictures. He is very good at replicating the disorders. These are walking/gait disorders that an occupational or physical therapist or anyone in the medical and allied health field would see. The gait disorders he illustrates are:

hemiparetic
spastic diplegic
neuropathic
myopathy/myopathic
hypokinetic
hyperkinetic
Ataxic

Does anyone have any search terms for these videos or the exact youtube address?

I'd appreciate any help. Thanks.
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Skip YouTube and go directly to the source:  (+ info)

What is the name of disorder where a one develops an unstable gait and blood test reveals they have syphilis?


tabes dorsalis

Tabes dorsalis is a slow degeneration of the nerve cells and nerve fibers that carry sensory information to the brain. The degenerating nerves are in the dorsal columns of the spinal cord (the portion closest to the back of the body) and carry information that help maintain a person's sense of position.

Cause
Tabes dorsalis is the result of an untreated syphilis infection.

Symptoms
Symptoms may not appear for some decades after the initial infection and include weakness, diminished reflexes, unsteady gait (locomotor ataxia), progressive degeneration of the joints, loss of coordination, episodes of intense pain and disturbed sensation inclusive glossodynia, personality changes, dementia, deafness, visual impairment, and impaired response to light.

Prognosis
If left untreated, tabes dorsalis can lead to paralysis, dementia, and blindness. Existing nerve damage cannot be reversed.

Incidence/Prevalence
The disease is more frequent in males than in females. Onset is commonly during mid-life. The incidence of tabes dorsalis is rising, in part due to co-associated HIV infection.

Treatment
Penicillin, administered intravenously, is the treatment of choice. Associated pain can be treated with opiates, valproate, or carbamazepine. Patients may also require physical or rehabilitative therapy to deal with muscle wasting and weakness. Preventive treatment for those who come into sexual contact with an individual with tabes dorsalis is important.  (+ info)

What are some ailments and disorders that involve the human body's nervous system?


I would like to know what disorders/ailments affect the nervous system for a biology project, and I figured this was the best place to go.
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I have autoimmune pernicious anaemia (unable to absorb vitamin B12 in the digestive system) which affects the nervous system as B12 is essential to maintain the myelin sheath around the nerves. If undiagnosed, it can lead to permanent paralysis, be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease (and cause permanent Alzhemier's disease if not diagnosed in time) and MS and is fatal without treatment. Misdiagnosis is common as lab levels are far too low. I have nerve damage in my finger still from being misdiagnosed. I had to diagnose myself.

Pernicious Anaemia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pernicious_anemia

http://www.drdach.com/B12_Jeffrey_Dach_drdach.html  (+ info)

What are the odds of my children inheriting these disorders?


My fiance and I were in the process of planning our wedding, when he told me his father and aunt have a seizure disorder; presumably from his paternal grandmother, because his father and aunt have different fathers. Now, my fiance also has an aunt (on his mother's side) that has Downs Syndrome. I am concerned about possibly passing something onto my future children. What are the odds of my children inheriting one or both of these disorders?
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Down Syndrome isn't something that is inherited, and seizure disorders rarely are. So very low.

If you really are concerned you could talk with a geneticist. But as far as I can tell, there probably is no need to.  (+ info)

How well does zoloft work for anxiety disorders linking to depression?


How well does zoloft work for anxiety disorders or is there anything else better that u would recommend that would not put me to sleep. Ive feared social things, going back to school, getting a job and getting infront of people all my life Just wondering wondering if there is something that would help me have a productive life that would help my anxiety? I want even go into a store by myself I panic. Ive always been more to myself because of it no very social.
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It works pretty damn good for me. I really don't feel sleepy at all just better.

It's more like your relaxed now that you don't have anxiety. It was a change for me because I couldn't think of a time where I was not panicky except when I was a little kid.

I started taking zoloft for anxiety/depression going on 2 months now.
I started at 25mg and am now at 100 mg, and I think I'm staying at 100.

It is truly amazing for anxiety. Anxiety has made me miserable, but not anymore.

I haven't had a panic attack in about a month now, and let me tell you it is great. I can go out in public now without a problem, Heart palpitations from anxiety are gone, and it also helps with my obsessive compulsiveness.

Good luck, you won't regret it!  (+ info)

What kindof cases/disorders would one expect to find on a Medical Endocrinology ward?


I know it is related to hormones, and there seems to be a varying amount of related disorders - from diabetes to thyroid to cancer. Are there any specific disorders in relation to Medical Endocrinology (in the UK)?
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Here are some examples: patients with pancreatitis, patients in diabetic coma, sent up by the ER, patients in severe hyperglycemia sent up by the ER, patients with Addisons disease (adrenal trouble), patients with severe anaphylactic reactions that has not been properly diagnosed, young girls with severe abdominal pains who tell you when you ask whether they have had sex : "No doctor I am not married!" with an innocent smile and are about to loose a 6 week embryo,patients with acute neurotoxin infections from seafood, and other sources, patients with chronic heavy metal infections: lead, arsenic , benzene compounds, patients with wrongly diagnosed epileptic seizures.....you want more, we have seen them all mate.  (+ info)

What percentage of obese people have eating disorders?


What percentage of obese people have eating disorders? Is it more common than unhealthy lifestyle?
To clear it up, I mean people who have had eating disorders from the start, not after they started eating enormous amounts.
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Most people have unhealthy life styles, especially older folks who are passing their habits down to their kids. However, it is more common to have an eating disorder at a younger age. So, finding a statistic is going to be age based, and not representative of everyone.

Contrary to your question, most people that have eating disorders are not obese, they are quite likely to be unusually thin. Think: young girls throwing up after a meal. The obese people will have a problem that deals with food as a source of soothing in an emotional setting.  (+ info)

What are some different types of inherited genetic disorders?


I have to do a project on one and don't know what to pick. If you find a website that lists and describes disorders that would be great or just do it here. It would help a lot!
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Angelman syndrome
Canavan disease
Celiac disease
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
Color blindness
Cri du chat
Cystic fibrosis
Down syndrome
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Haemophilia
Klinefelter's syndrome
Neurofibromatosis
Phenylketonuria
Prader-Willi syndrome
Sickle-cell disease
Tay-Sachs disease
Turner syndrome

some easy ones to research would be

Color blindness
Cri du chat
Cystic fibrosis
Down syndrome
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Haemophilia
Turner syndrome
Sickle-cell disease  (+ info)

How does Jenny Craig work? Is if safe for people that had previous eating disorders?


I am asking and being 100% serious so please I am begging no stupid/insulting answers.

I am 21 and would like to lose weight, problem is I had an eating disorder for roughly 6yrs. I've been in recovery almost 2yrs so I'm doing good but it's really hard to diet without crossing the line back into an eating disorder. I wanted to try weight watchers but they don't allow people that had eating disorders to join.

So my question is how does Jenny Craig work? Is it anything like weight watchers?
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I used to work for Jenny Craig. Jenny Craig is a calorie counting program. It is similar to Weight Watchers, except you purchase your food from Jenny Craig, and in Weight Watchers, you cook your own.

The most highly successful program for exactly what you are describing in your question above, is one called, Weigh Down, by Gwen Shamblin. You can Google Search this, and find it easily.

It is Internet based, as well as live groups in your area. All the information you need is on their website.

This program has an extremely high success rate for people with eating disorders, addiction problems, or those wanting to lose weight. It is nominally priced, so most any budget can participate.

I recommend Weigh Down head, and shoulders above any other program out there!

Hope this helped you.  (+ info)

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