MS Specialist Bossier City LA

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.

John Marcus Kirk, MD
(903) 877-7171
Bossier City, LA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1992

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Dharam Prakash Gurwara, MD
(318) 621-9955
524 Parklane Dr
Bossier City, LA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jln Med Coll, Ravi Shankar Univ, Raipur, M P, India
Graduation Year: 1979

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Paul Dean Ware, MD
(318) 675-6046
820 Jordan St Ste 565
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1960
Hospital
Hospital: Charter Forest Behav Hlth Sys, Shreveport, La
Group Practice: Profession Medical Corp

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Dr.David A. Cavanaugh
(318) 629-5555
1500 Line Ave # 200
Shreveport, LA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport
Year of Graduation: 1981
Speciality
Neurosurgeon
General Information
Hospital: Christus Schumpert Med Ctr, Shreveport, La
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Krzysztof K Kundo, MD
(318) 221-9719
940 Margaret Pl Ste 310
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med, Ul M Curie, Gdansk, Poland
Graduation Year: 1981

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Sanjeevi C Tivakaran
(318) 752-7840
2400 Hospital Dr
Bossier City, LA
Specialty
Neurology

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Benjamin Bang V Nguyen, MD
(318) 424-3268
2015 Fairfield Ave Ste 2C
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1988

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Maria De Los Ange Arroyo, MD
(318) 222-6123
1919 Fairfield Ave
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1973

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Francisco Antonio Luque
(318) 221-8411
510 E Stoner Ave
Shreveport, LA
Specialty
Neurology

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David Albert Cavanaugh, MD
(318) 629-5555
1500 Line Ave
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Christus Schumpert Med Ctr, Shreveport, La

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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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