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What Are Motor Neuron Lesions?

A: A motor neuron lesion is any injury or abnormality in the nerves responsible for controlling the body`s movement. Motor neuron lesions can have many different causes, including physical trauma, autoimmune disorders, and abnormalities in fetal development. They interfere with normal motor control and thus with movement, because the damaged neurons become less effective in their task of transmitting signals between the central nervous system and muscles. In addition to mobility in the limbs and abilities such as walking, they can also interfere with other motor functions, such as speaking, chewing, and swallowing. The effects can vary enormously, from minor impairments in muscle control to total paralysis or death.. These lesions are frequently divided into two categories, upper motor neuron...


Please Advise! My Son Is 15 Years Old Suffering From Neurodegenrative Disease. He Stretches In Arms, Leg And Faces While Sleeping And Is Losing Balance Of Body Including Loss Of Memory And Voice Is Also Not Clear. He Is Gradually Losing All Control. What Should I Do?

A: I am sorry to learn about your son and empathize with you and your family as you seek ways to assist him. The type of symptoms you mention point toward a disease, which is very difficult to diagnose. In fact the final diagnosis is usually determined by ruling out other similar diseases. It is important to know, if in your son''s case the doctors are saying he has Neurodengenerative disease or symptoms of this disease. Neurodengenerative disease, once diagnosed is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis sometimes called ALS or Motor Neurone Disease. Normally, this disease strikes men and women between the ages of 40-50 and more men than women. However, it is also found among the young, such as your son. The

A: Hello, Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. There are a few things which I can think of. Firstly, such twitching is quite common in hands and esp. thumb in patients of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. CTS is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist and the patient has the symptoms while sleeping. The other condition I can think of is brachial plexus injury. A brachial plexus injury occurs when the nerves that connect your arm and spinal cord get stretched or torn. The third thing which I can think of is multiple sclerosis but the chances of which seem less likely. I would advise you to please get yourself examined by a neurologist as a neurological examination...


A: Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you. You seem concerned by the finding of periventricular white matter lesions on MRI Brain which was ordered for headache and fainting episodes probably. There are a host of causes for this finding on MRI Brain such as normal senescent changes with increasing age, small strokes, disorders related to multiple sclerosis. Periventricular white matter changes are also correlated with Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) deficiency. These changes are also associated with 20% cases of Migraine. As once you have them, they are there for life, prevention is the main goal of treatment. You must consult your personal physician and find out any vascular risk factors with special emphasis on controlling labile...


I am being tested for ms right now. I am very scared about my future. I am a wife, mother of seven, and soon to be pregnant next fall. I am worried about my long term health restrictions. Any information will be appreciated. Melissa

A: I found this information for you: Dr. Williams on living with MS and multiple sclerosis. Best wishes. Hi - sorry to hear of what you are going through. The good news is that in the last decade or so there are now a number of medications which are proven to slow the progression of the most common type of multiple sclerosis - Relapsing-remitting MS. These are the 3 interferon meds - Avonex, Betaseron and Rebif, a medication called Copaxone, and a newly approved drug called Tysabri. Let us know how you are doing with the diagnosis. We''re creating a pretty good MS community here on Revolution Health and I hope it can be helpful for you in these challenging times. Cheers. I understand the...

What Is Hemiparesis?

A: Hemiparesis is a condition characterized by weakness in one side of the body. It is related to hemiplagia, in which one side of the body is actually paralyzed, rather than simply weakened. There are a variety of reasons for people to develop hemiparesis, with the condition usually occurring as a secondary complication of another medical problem. Treatment options vary, depending on why the patient has developed hemiparesis. The muscle weakness characteristic of hemiparesis can be caused by lesions in the spinal cord which damage the nerves which innervate those muscles, leading to weakness. Damage to the brain can also lead to muscle weakness. Stroke is one of the classic reasons for people to develop hemiparesis, and sometimes muscle weakness is one of the key

What Is a Hemifacial Spasm?

A: A hemifacial spasm is an uncontrollable contraction or twitch in the muscles on one side of a person''s face. It is considered a neuromuscular disorder that can arise from facial trauma, compressed nerves, cancer, or an underlying disease such as multiple sclerosis. A hemifacial spasm typically begins in an isolated area, such as the eyelid, and spreads across one side of the face over time if it is not treated. Doctors can prescribe muscle relaxants, inject muscles with botulinum toxin, or conduct invasive surgery to relieve pressure on facial nerves. Individuals who receive treatment are usually relieved of some or all of their symptoms immediately, though many patients require ongoing treatment to suppress...

Is there a cure for tingling

A: I don't know if there is a cure for it or not but I do know there are illnesses that cause these type's of problems. However, there are medications that can help with it. To name a few, Lyrica and Neurontin. I experience numbness/tingling very often because I have multiple sclerosis. If it continues, I would definitely see a doctor, a Neurologist. That is one of the beginning symptoms......I don't mean to scare you but it is something to be concerned about. Hope this helps! '' Personal experience. Diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting form of multiple sclerosis, Jan 02....

multiple sclerosis symptoms related drugs: Ampyra  · Avonex  · Imuran  ·

talking about M.S do everyone have mental problems with this disease,and how bad

A: The central nervous system (CNS) controls much of the body's functioning and much of this activity passes through the white matter at some point. It is not surprising, therefore, that a disease which damages white matter can produce a very wide range of symptoms. Indeed, there are few diseases with more potential symptoms than multiple sclerosis. The symptoms fit into these groupings: Visual, Motor, Sensory, Coordination and Balance, Bowel, Bladder and Sexual, Cognitive and Others. Please remember that most people with MS won't get most of these symptoms and the ones that seem the most terrifying usually only manifest themselves in...

multiple sclerosis symptoms related drugs: Bubbli-Pred  · Copaxone  · cyclophosphamide  ·

What Do Brain Spots Indicate?

A: A brain spot usually refers to a lesion in the brain, most often appreciated by MRI, which is more specific as a soft tissue evaluation tool. Spots may be either dark or light, depending on the etiology. A cyst or space would appear dark and a lesion, such as a plaque in MS would appear white. Brain spots are probably dural matter scarring. It is a common condition and a sign of Alzhimer''s disease. Its a plaque that forms on the brain tissue. Brain spots or lesions indicate areas that have been hurt due to infection, injury, or disease. The brain lesions might be harmless or life-threatening in nature. These areas could indicate cerebral palsy, tumors (cancerous and non-cancerous), multiple sclerosis (immune attacks to the brain and spinal...

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