MS Specialist Ottumwa IA

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.

Marc E Hines
(641) 682-4978
1313 N Court St
Ottumwa, IA
Specialty
Neurology

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Marc Edward Hines, MD
(641) 682-8302
1315 N Court St
Ottumwa, IA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1979

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Quentin Stokes Dickins
(641) 682-8302
1112 N Van Buren Ave
Ottumwa, IA
Specialty
Neurology

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Michael J Stein, DO
(515) 223-1917
1601 NW 114th St Ste 338
Clive, IA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1966

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Patricia Helen Davis, MD
(319) 356-4301
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Queens Univ, Fac Of Med, Kingston, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1977

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Michael Leon Pogel
(641) 682-8302
1112 N Van Buren Ave
Ottumwa, IA
Specialty
Neurology

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Quentin Stokes Dickins, MD
(641) 682-8302
1315 N Court St
Ottumwa, IA
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Ottumwa, Ia
Group Practice: Southeast Iowa Neurological

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Michael Leon Pogel, MD
(641) 682-8302
1315 N Court St
Ottumwa, IA
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Miami Sch Of Med, Miami Fl 33101
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Ottumwa, Ia; Jefferson County Hosp, Fairfield, Ia
Group Practice: Southeast Iowa Neurological

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Teri Ronelle Thomsen
(319) 356-1616
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Neurology

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Patrick William Hitchon, MD
(319) 356-2775
200 Hawkins Dr Neurosurgery
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of Beirut, Fac Of Med, Beirut, Lebanon
Graduation Year: 1974

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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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