MS Specialist Prattville AL

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.

Benjamin Conrad Wouters, MD
(334) 834-1300
Prattville, AL
Specialties
Neurology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1987

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Dr.Pamela Pacquiao
(334) 281-7280
2000 Normandie Drive
Montgomery, AL
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F
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Neurologist
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Patrick G Ryan
(334) 834-2545
1510 Forest Ave
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Joey C Boiser
(334) 281-7280
2010 Normandie Dr
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Neurology

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Hamp Hunter Greene, MD
(334) 281-7280
2010 Normandie Dr
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1968

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Paul Caudill Miller, MD
(334) 834-1300
1722 Pine St Ste 700
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Neurology, Emergency Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Jackson Hosp & Clinic, Montgomery, Al
Group Practice: Neurology Consultants

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Leah Ouano Sanchez
(334) 281-7280
2010 Normandie Drive
Montgomery, AL
Specialty
Neurology, Pediatric Neurology

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Stephen Ray Bryan, MD
(334) 281-7280
2010 Normandie Dr
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Jackson Hosp & Clinic, Montgomery, Al; Baptist Med Ctr, Montgomery, Al
Group Practice: Alabama Neurological Clinic

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Sara Stewart Shashy, MD
(334) 834-1300
1722 Pine St Ste 700
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Neurology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1982

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Pamela Ann Pacquiao
(334) 281-7280
2010 Normandie Dr
Montgomery, AL
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Neurology

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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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