MS Specialist New Orleans LA

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.

Toussaint Leclercq, MD
(504) 412-1400
1532 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
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Neurological Surgery
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De L'Etat A Liege, Fac De Med, Liege, Belgium
Graduation Year: 1966

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Shilpa Padmakar Chitnis, MD
1430 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
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Neurology
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Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1989

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Robert Edwin Barron, MD
New Orleans, LA
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Neurology
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Male
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Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1955

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Joaquin Wong, MD
(504) 568-4080
1542 Tulane Ave Dept Neuro
New Orleans, LA
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Neurology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ De Panama, Fac De Med, Panama City, Panama
Graduation Year: 1984

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Patrizio Capasso, MD
1542 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
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Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1986

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Bruce J Fisch, MD
1542 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
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Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1978

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Jayme Trahan
(504) 568-4750
533 Bolivar St Rm 508
New Orleans, LA
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Neurosurgery

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Morteza Shamsnia, MD
1430 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Shahid Beheshti Univ, Fac Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Tulane Univ Hosp And Clinics, New Orleans, La
Group Practice: Tulane Faculty Practice Plan T Ulane Univ Health Sciences Ct

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Antonio Stazio
(504) 988-2300
1415 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA
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Neurology

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John Willson Walsh, MD
(504) 588-5565
1430 Tulane Ave SL47
New Orleans, LA
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Neurological Surgery
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1966

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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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