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
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 2000

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Julie Thorne Parke, MD
(405) 271-4113
PO Box 26901
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1977

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Stanley Pelofsky, MD
(405) 748-3300
4120 W Memorial Rd Ste 300
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Neurological Surgery, General Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Ok
Group Practice: Oklahoma Neurological Surgery

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Ord Jehu Mitchell, MD
(918) 481-7711
6565 S Yale Ave Ste 312
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Neurological Assoc Of Tulsa

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William Gordon Jennings, MD
(731) 847-6396
1725 E 19th St
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
General Practice, Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: Decatur County General Hosp, Parsons, Tn
Group Practice: Jennings Family Med Clinic

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Daniel J Boedeker, MD
(918) 492-7587
6767 S Yale Ave Ste A
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2000

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Benjamin Thomas White, MD
(405) 271-4912
1000 N Lincoln Blvd Ste 400
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1994

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Robert J Tyndall, MD
(405) 945-4999
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1985

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Michael Alpheus Tribbey
(405) 302-2661
4120 W Memorial Rd
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialty
Neurology

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Syed Mustafa Shahkhan, MD
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Deccan Coll Of Med Sci, Osmania Univ, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1998

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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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