MS Specialist Coldwater 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.

Dimosthenis C Dafnis, MD
(517) 278-3412
360 E Chicago St Ste F106
Coldwater, MI
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Firenze, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Firenze, Italy
Graduation Year: 1982

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Dimosthenis Dafnis
1205 N Wayne St
Angola, IN
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

Gerald Schell, MD
(989) 799-8712
4677 Towne Centre Rd
Saginaw, MI
Business
Saginaw Valley Neurosurgery PC
Specialties
Neurology

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Jordan Taylor
(734) 458-3300
6245 Inkster Rd
Garden City, MI
Specialty
Neurology

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Richard Samuel Veyna
(313) 343-7900
22201 Moross Rd
Detroit, MI
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Dr.Dimosthenis Dafnis
(517) 278-3412
23 N Hanchett St # 1
Coldwater, MI
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Firenze, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Firenze
Year of Graduation: 1982
Speciality
Neurologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Kevin R Lee MD
(248) 926-4292
136 S Pontiac Trl
Walled Lake, MI
Specialties
Neurology

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

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Sonia Veronica Eden, MD
(734) 936-4000
1500 E Medical Center Dr Box 0338 3470 Taubman Hlt
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 2000

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Joseph John Pysh, DO
(989) 723-5211
Okemos, MI
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1962

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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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