MS Specialist Bloomfield Hills MI

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.

Kevin R Lee MD
(248) 926-4292
136 S Pontiac Trl
Walled Lake, MI
Specialties
Neurology

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Bashar Ahmad Abou Rass, MD
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1978

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Yasser Mahmoud Awaad, MD
(313) 791-4338
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Specialties
Neurology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Languages
Arabic
Education
Medical School: Al-Azhar Univ, Fac Of Med, Cairo, Egypt
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn, Mi; Childrens Hosp Of Michigan, Detroit, Mi; Harper Hospital, Detroit, Mi

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Bharat Tolia
(248) 334-0115
2550 S Telegraph Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Specialty
Neurology

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Paul D Croissant
(248) 751-7246
799 Denison Ct
Bloomfield, MI
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Andrew L Marcus MD
(313) 730-9100
3815 Pelham St
Dearborn, MI
Specialties
Neurology

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Hari Gopal Chopra, MD FACS
(248) 338-6068
2520 S Telegraph Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Agra
Graduation Year: 1962

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Lionel Glass, MD
(248) 338-8400
43494 Woodward Ave Ste 103
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Van Amsterdam, Fac Der Geneeskunde, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: St Joseph Mercy Hosp, Pontiac, Mi; North Oakland Med Ctr, Pontiac, Mi
Group Practice: Neurology Clinic

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Lionel Glass
(248) 338-8400
43494 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Specialty
Neurology

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W Agnello Dimitrijevic, MD
(586) 286-5500
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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