MS Specialist Newberry SC

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.

Ken Curtis
(803) 366-2225
410 Oakland Ave
Rock Hill, SC
Business
Advanced Pain Relief Center
Specialties
Neurology, Chiropractic
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: We accept all insurance plans.
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Piedmont
Residency Training: Life College
Medical School: Life College, 1990
Additional Information
Member Organizations: SCCA Board of Directors, Sherman College Board of Regents
Awards: Commendation SC House of Representatives
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish

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James Ira Joubert
(843) 792-1414
171 Ashley Ave
Charleston, SC
Specialty
Neurology

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Jacek Maciej Sobczak, MD
Goose Creek, SC
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med W Warszawie, Warszawa, Poland
Graduation Year: 1990

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Howard Mandell
(803) 366-6135
200 S Herlong Ave
Rock Hill, SC
Specialty
Neurology

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Scott B Boyd
(803) 462-0423
132 Sunset Ct
West Columbia, SC
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Dr.Michael McCaffrey
(843) 449-2336
8170 Rourk Street
Myrtle Beach, SC
Gender
M
Speciality
Neurologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.9, out of 5 based on 8, reviews.

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Dr.Barbara Sarb
(843) 449-2336
8170 Rourk Street
Myrtle Beach, SC
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med
Year of Graduation: 1991
Speciality
Neurologist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.7, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Aaron Curtis Mac Donald, MD
(864) 224-5700
109 Montgomery Dr
Anderson, SC
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Health System, Greenville, Sc; Anderson Area Med Ctr, Anderson, Sc
Group Practice: Piedmont Neurosurgical Group

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Dr.Artur Pacult
(843) 723-8967
125 Doughty St # 570
Charleston, SC
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Coll Med, Univ Jagiellonski, Krakow
Year of Graduation: 1979
Speciality
Neurosurgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.8, out of 5 based on 10, reviews.

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Harold E Shaw Jr, MD
(864) 271-3354
Cross Creek Medical Park 1 Doctors Dr
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Ophthalmology, Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Health System, Greenville, Sc; Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, Sc
Group Practice: Jervey Eye Group

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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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