MS Specialist La Mirada CA

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.

Sean Xie MD
(213) 977-1102
1245 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
Specialties
Neurology

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Grace Wen-Hwa Kao, MD
Fullerton, CA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Natl Taiwan Univ Coll Of Med, Taipei, Taiwan (385-02 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1980

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Chan H Kim
(562) 696-2622
14350 E Whittier Blvd
Whittier, CA
Specialty
Neurology

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Robert E Florin, MD FACS
(562) 693-6935
14909 Lodosa Dr
Whittier, CA
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Male
Education
Medical School: Southern California
Graduation Year: 1953

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Arvind Chandulal Mehta, MD
(562) 424-4447
12409 Carnaby St
Cerritos, CA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Seth G S Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1957

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Daniel Won Chang, MD
La Mirada, CA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1994

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Chan Hi Kim, MD
(562) 696-2622
14350 Whittier Blvd Ste 315
Whittier, CA
Specialties
Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Yonsei Univ, Coll Of Med, Sudai-Moon-Ku, Seoul, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1970

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Mark S Schnitzer, MD
(714) 525-7177
PO Box 2265
La Habra, CA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery, Medical Management
Gender
Male
Languages
English
Education
Medical School: Tx A & M Univ Coll Of Med, College Station Tx 77843
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Good Samaritan Hosp, Los Angeles, Ca; Presbyterian Intercommunity Ho, Whittier, Ca; St Jude Med Ctr, Fullerton, Ca; Hoag Memorial Hosp Presbyteria, Newport Beach, Ca; Placentia-Linda Hosp, Placentia, Ca; Western Med Ctr -Santa Ana, Santa Ana, Ca<

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John Waynechung Chen, MD
(714) 730-0311
Fullerton, CA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1993

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Edward Alan Smith, MD
(714) 871-1402
1273 Paseo Dorado
Fullerton, CA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1967

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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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