MS Specialist Claremore OK

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.

Peter Williams Pryor, MD
109 N Fairland St
Pryor, OK
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Neurological Surgery
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 2000

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Emily D Friedman
(405) 945-4900
3433 Nw 56th St
Oklahoma City, OK
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Neurosurgery

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Gregory Sinclair Connor
(918) 481-4781
6585 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Neurology

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Dr.Frank Zimba
5604 SW Lee Blvd # 357
Lawton, OK
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Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston
Year of Graduation: 1981
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Neurosurgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dr.Jay K. Johnson
(918) 743-2882
Ste 450, 7134 South Yale Avenue
Tulsa, OK
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Medical School: Ok State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Tulsa
Year of Graduation: 1985
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Neurologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Douglas Warren Kaplan, MD
(405) 749-4270
4120 W Memorial Rd Ste 204
Oklahoma City, OK
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Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Edmond Med Ctr, Edmond, Ok; Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Headach Center

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Rodney Lee Myers
(918) 560-3823
1245 S Utica Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Neurology

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Armen Marouk
(918) 583-5131
2128 S Atlanta Pl
Tulsa, OK
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Neurosurgery

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Joseph Robert Knapik
(580) 237-0093
310 S 4th St
Enid, OK
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Neurology

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Benjamin T White
(405) 748-3300
4120 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
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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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