MS Specialist Fort Morgan CO

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.

Richard Leslie Stieg, MD
(303) 886-1836
Denver, CO
Specialties
Neurology, Pain Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1963

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Patricia Ann Fodor, MD
(719) 473-3272
175 S Union Blvd Ste 310
Colorado Springs, CO
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Neurology, Psychiatry
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Cedar Springs Psych Hosp, Colorado Spgs, Co
Group Practice: Colorado Springs Neuro Assoc

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Tetsuo Tatsumi, MD FACS
(970) 926-6304
PO Box 2858
Edwards, CO
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Male
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Medical School: Gunma
Graduation Year: 1955

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Kenneth Laurence Tyler, MD
(303) 393-2874
4200 East 9th Avenue Neurology (B-182) UCHSC,
Denver, CO
Specialties
Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1978

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Kevin Owen Lillehei, MD
(303) 315-5651
4200 E 9th Ave Box C307,
Denver, CO
Specialties
Neurological Surgery, Surgical Oncology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: University Hosp, Denver, Co
Group Practice: University Physicians-Neurosur

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Thomas E Bowser
(719) 637-8444
8540 Scarborough Drive Ste 390
Colorado Springs, CO
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Neurology

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Kathryn M Beauchamp
(303) 426-6000
777 Bannock St
Denver, CO
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Neurosurgery

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James Allen Farrier, MD
(719) 543-4040
1600 N Greenwood St
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1967
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Hospital: Parkview Med Ctr, Pueblo, Co; St Mary-Corwin Reg Med Ctr, Pueblo, Co
Group Practice: Parkview Neurological Inst

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Jack Sylman, MD
(303) 837-7111
1835 Franklin St
Denver, CO
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Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1975

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Ashakiran J Sunku, MD
(719) 543-4040
1600 N Greenwood St
Pueblo, CO
Specialties
Neurology
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Female
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Medical School: Bangalore Med Coll, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1988

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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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