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by MarkLavelle
Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lesions with no physical symptoms?
Replies: 9
Views: 9917

Re: Lesions with no physical symptoms?

C4 control the biceps and deltoids, is that where you would expect to find symptoms? It's not that simple. Damage at C4 can affect any part of the body connected at or below C4 (because all those nerves go through it). For example, my largest lesion is at C2 and I have paresthesia over my whole ski...
by MarkLavelle
Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: i got extra copaxone
Replies: 2
Views: 1074

Re: i got extra copaxone

Do you realize that's illegal?
by MarkLavelle
Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone speak radiologist?
Replies: 3
Views: 2123

Re: Anyone speak radiologist?

Your conclusion is correct. All that stuff before the "impression" can usually be safely ignored...
by MarkLavelle
Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Male Reproduction/Beteseron/and MS.
Replies: 6
Views: 2127

Re: Male Reproduction/Beteseron/and MS.

I think you just need to relax!

I don't know anything about Beta and sperm count, but unless you've been trying for over a year you are getting *way* ahead of yourself worrying about it...
by MarkLavelle
Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stress question. What would you do if you were me?
Replies: 5
Views: 928

Re: Stress question. What would you do if you were me?

It is sobering to think I might not be able to work more than 20 years or so. I think you are right, I need to make as much money as I can before that time. Well, yeah, but don't forget to have fun, either! I had cancer when I was 40 and foolishly didn't learn very much about living in the moment, ...
by MarkLavelle
Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stress question. What would you do if you were me?
Replies: 5
Views: 928

Re: Stress question. What would you do if you were me?

JeanDeEau has good suggestions. An unfortunate fact of MS is that in about 20 years (or much less, if you're unlucky) you are likely to be unable to work full time, so you really want to earn as much as you can *while* you can. Stress sucks, but I think most of us tolerate the daily ups and downs wi...
by MarkLavelle
Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What did you tell people prior to diagnosis?
Replies: 2
Views: 1060

Re: What did you tell people prior to diagnosis?

"I've got some weird nerve thing going on that the neurologist hasn't figured out yet."

I still use that for most co-workers, but friends and family know about the MS dx.
by MarkLavelle
Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Optic Neuritis - now my leg is numb - worried - please help?
Replies: 9
Views: 3007

Re: Optic Neuritis - now my leg is numb - worried - please h

Davcos, It's always a good problem-solving rule of thumb to start with the most likely explanation. MS and other neuro conditions aren't exactly rare, but every symptom caused by MS can have other causes that are more common. So (a) I wouldn't assume that your problem with your left eye is also Opti...
by MarkLavelle
Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Surprise! Mice are not people...
Replies: 2
Views: 755

Re: Surprise! Mice are not people...

This NYTimes article pointed me there: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/science/testing-of-some-deadly-diseases-on-mice-mislead-report-says.html?ref=science The best line: Dr. Davis said, reviewers did not point out scientific errors. Instead, he said, “the most common response was, ‘It has to be w...
by MarkLavelle
Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Surprise! Mice are not people...
Replies: 2
Views: 755

Surprise! Mice are not people...

Genomic responses in mouse models poorly mimic human inflammatory diseases http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/02/07/1222878110 Abstract A cornerstone of modern biomedical research is the use of mouse models to explore basic pathophysiological mechanisms, evaluate new therapeutic approaches, and...
by MarkLavelle
Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Re: Spine feels weird .....
Replies: 2
Views: 1115

Re: Spine feels weird .....

I would call my neuro...
by MarkLavelle
Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Influenza Vaccination?
Replies: 15
Views: 2211

Re: Influenza Vaccination?

I always get the flu shot. There's no connection between the vaccine & MS, and no reason to skip the vaccine.

Stories are not evidence of anything...
by MarkLavelle
Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: Undiagnosed
Topic: I think I have MS
Replies: 10
Views: 4139

Re: I think I have MS

MarkLavelle - do you think something other than MS could be causing my symptoms? Or may I be one of the 5%? If so, how am I supposed to get on the right treatment path? Is that ever possible when an MRI doesn't show lesions? I wasn't thinking of any particular explanation(s), just that the problem ...
by MarkLavelle
Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: Undiagnosed
Topic: I think I have MS
Replies: 10
Views: 4139

Re: I think I have MS

1. If all or most of those symptoms are caused by MS, there is a >95% chance that an MRI would have shown the lesions characteristic of MS (and from your description it probably would have shown a *lot* of them). 2. Contrast is irrelevant in terms of *detecting* MS lesions -- it only indicates which...
by MarkLavelle
Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Trying to get answers
Replies: 2
Views: 867

Re: Trying to get answers

Is it time for a second opinion???? Do I push for thoracic MRI since I have the spinal stenosis and back pain/leg issues? Oh... and I forgot... memory and comprehension have all but left. IMHO, it's almost *always* time for a second opinion. But that doesn't mean the neuro is shirking... You haven'...