MS Specialist Arlington VA

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.

Alberto Chalmeta
(703) 671-5400
611 S Carlin Springs Rd
Arlington, VA
Specialty
Neurology

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John Robert Cutler, MD
2101 Wilson Blvd Ste 700
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1980

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Timea Hodics, MD
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Semmelweis Orvostudomanyi Egyetem (Peter Pazmany Univ), Budapest
Graduation Year: 1992

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Taeun Chang, MD
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1998

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Minh Quang Tran, MD
2150 Pennsylvania Ave NW # 7-420
Washington, DC
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1999

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Kenneth Michael Kudelko, MD
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1999

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Francisco Marconi Ferraz, MD
(703) 845-1552
611 S Carlin Springs Rd Ste 105
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Fed De Pernambuco, Cent De Cien, Recife, Pe, Brazil
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, Dc; Loudoun Hospital Center, Leesburg, Va; Northern Virginia Community Ho, Arlington, Va; Virginia Hospital Center -Arl, Arlington, Va; Reston Hospital Center, Reston, Va

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Janice A Miller, MD
(303) 449-3566
Arlington, VA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
Graduation Year: 1989

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Arthur Irwin Kobrine, MD
(202) 293-7136
2440 M St NW Ste 315
Washington, DC
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1968

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Richard Nathan Edelson, MD
(202) 223-1450
2141 K St NW Ste 503
Washington, DC
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1966

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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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