MS Specialist Pleasantville NJ

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.

Brett Taylor Foxman, MD
(609) 646-5200
1500 Tilton Rd
Northfield, NJ
Specialties
Ophthalmology, Neurology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, Nj; Atlantic City Med Ctr -Mainlan, Pomona, Nj
Group Practice: Retinal & Ophthalmic Consultants Pc; Retinal & Ophthalmic Consultants Pc School House

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Henry J Greenwood
(609) 601-6363
1999 New Rd
Linwood, NJ
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Fernando L De La Sotta, MD
(609) 927-1000
PO Box 385
Linwood, NJ
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pontificia Univ Catol De Chile, Fac De Med, Santiago, Chile
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, Nj

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James G Lowe
(609) 601-6363
1999 New Rd
Linwood, NJ
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Henry Joseph Greenwood, MD
(609) 601-6363
1999 New Rd Ste B
Linwood, NJ
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1958
Hospital
Hospital: Shore Memorial Hospital, Somers Point, Nj; Atlantic City Med Ctr, Atlantic City, Nj

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Jeffrey R Boxman
(609) 748-6696
76 W Jimmie Leeds Rd
Absecon, NJ
Specialty
Neurology

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Fernando Delasotta, MD FACS
(609) 927-1000
598 New Rd
Linwood, NJ
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Catolica Chile
Graduation Year: 1974

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Fernando J DeLasotta
(609) 927-1000
598 New Rd
Linwood, NJ
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Sunil Kumar Singh
(609) 653-3055
1801 New Rd
Linwood, NJ
Specialty
Neurology

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Dr.Robert Sabo
(609) 653-9110
Ste A, 110 Harbor Lane
Somers Point, NJ
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ
Year of Graduation: 1990
Speciality
Neurosurgeon
General Information
Hospital: Southern Ocean County Hospital, Manahawkin, Nj
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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