MS Specialist Angola IN

MS affects the brain and the central nervous system (CNS), and the CNS pretty much controls everything we say, do, feel, see, and think. With MS, the immune system goes haywire and begins attacking the healthy insulating tissue (myelin) that protects the axons in the brain.

Dimosthenis C Dafnis, MD
(517) 278-3412
360 E Chicago St Ste F106
Coldwater, MI
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Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Firenze, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Firenze, Italy
Graduation Year: 1982

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Dimosthenis Dafnis
1205 N Wayne St
Angola, IN
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Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

James C Passas MD
(317) 962-1600
1633 N Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN
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Neurology

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Ann Marie Hake, MD
(317) 274-2291
541 Clinical Dr Ste 299
Indianapolis, IN
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Neurology
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Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1989
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Hospital: Indiana Univ Med Ctr, Indianapolis, In
Group Practice: University Clinical Neurologists

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Cheng Du, MD
(205) 934-2120
West Lafayette, IN
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Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Hunan Med Coll, Changsha, Hunan, China
Graduation Year: 1989

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Dr.Dimosthenis Dafnis
(517) 278-3412
23 N Hanchett St # 1
Coldwater, MI
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Medical School: Univ Di Firenze, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Firenze
Year of Graduation: 1982
Speciality
Neurologist
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Henry J Matick DO
(812) 886-6608
621 S 7th St
Vincennes, IN
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Neurology

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(317) 274-4455
545 Barnhill Dr
Indianapolis, IN
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Neurology

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(317) 274-1201
702 Barnhill Dr
Indianapolis, IN
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Neurology

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Scott A Shapiro
(317) 274-8422
1001 W 10th St
Indianapolis, IN
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Inside MS

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By Michelle Theall

Ask 10 different people with multiple sclerosis (MS) what the disease feels like and you will likely get 10 different answers. It’s a bit like the story of the blind man and the elephant. When the man feels the elephant’s trunk, he believes he has touched a snake. He holds the tusk and envisions a pointy marble spire. As he places his hands on the elephant’s foot, he describes a giant tree trunk. In a way, MS is like that elephant. Those touched by it never know how it will feel, even though each rough patch is part of the same animal. Depending on where the attack occurs and how severe the scarring, this progressive autoimmune disease may manifest as numbness, paralysis, memory and cognitive function problems, blindness, bowel and bladder issues, fatigue, muscle spasms, painful sensations, and a host of other unpleasant symptoms.

I have MS, and it often feels like I’m sprinting underwater with someone sitting on my shoulders—off-balance, impenetrable, and weighty. At other times, it presents itself as relentless vibrations coursing through my feet, hands, arms, and face. After three years with this disease, I’m still not sure how it will announce itself on a given day, but its presence is undeniable.

Getting to Know the Elephant
How can MS vary so much within and between individuals? MS affects the brain and the central nervous system (CNS), and the CNS pretty much controls everything we say, do, feel, see, and think. With MS, the immune system goes haywire and begins attacking the healthy insulating tissue (myelin) that protects the axons in the brain. In my case, the misdirected siege caused nine or so plaques (scarred spots) in various areas of my brain. Since different sections of the brain handle different functions, any activity can be affected, depending on where the scars hit. It’s as if MS were a bolt of lightening striking the circuit breaker box in your home—some of the wires might get fried, others remain untouched. The fridge still works, but the surge erased last night’s episode of Desperate Housewives from your TiVo. When MS strikes it might cause balance or coordination problems one day; another day it may affect your memory or your vision; a month later, you may temporarily (or permanently) lose the use of your legs.

Almost 500,000 people nationwide have MS. In fact, a new person is diagnosed every hour. No one really knows what causes it, but theories abound. Some researchers suggest that a common virus like measles or herpes or even the flu may be responsible; others say a person can be born with a genetic predisposition to react to something in the environment, which will trigger an autoimmune response.

In searching for a cause and a cure, researchers look for common denominators among patient groups—and more than a few exist. This is what they know: MS strikes twice as many women as men; it prefers Caucasians between the ages of 20 and 40; it is more prevalent in geographic areas above 40 degr...

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