MS Specialist Dekalb IL

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.

Dr.Andrew Ta
(815) 756-9970
3300 Commerce Drive
Dekalb, IL
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M
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med
Year of Graduation: 1984
Speciality
Neurologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Martin Edward Gryfinski
(815) 758-0000
2111 Midlands Ct
Sycamore, IL
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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A Alot Stobnicki, MD
(773) 775-2323
7447 W Talcott Ave Ste 427
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med W Warszawie, Warszawa, Poland
Graduation Year: 1977

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Renato Bedregal Imana, MD
(708) 790-1734
150 N Winfield Rd Ste D
Winfield, IL
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Boliviana Mayor De San Andres, Fac De Cien, La Paz, Bolivia
Graduation Year: 1965

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Richard Beck Lazar, MD
(773) 522-5857
1401 S California Ave
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Neurology, Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
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Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1979
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Hospital: Schwab Rehabilitation Center, Chicago, Il; Louis A Weiss Mem Hosp, Chicago, Il

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Martin Edward Gryfinski, MD
(630) 264-8600
2111 Midlands Ct
Sycamore, IL
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
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Male
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1984

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Thomas Hurley, MD
(815) 723-4387
1300 Copperfield Ave
Joliet, IL
Business
Chicago Institute Of Neurosurgery
Specialties
Neurology

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Michael Young Ko, MD
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 2000

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Abdullah M Nassief, MD
Fairview Heights, IL
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Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: King Saud Univ, Coll Of Med, (U Of Riyadh) Riyadh, Sau Arabia
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dr.Arif Dalvi
(773) 834-4064
2150 Pfingsten Road #3000
Glenview, IL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Rural Med Coll Of Pravara Med Trust, Pune Univ
Year of Graduation: 1991
Speciality
Neurologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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