MS Specialist West Hempstead NY

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.

Satish K Kadakia, MD
(516) 572-3107
2201 Hempstead Tpke
East Meadow, NY
Business
Nassau University Medical Center Neurology
Specialties
Neurology

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Amit M. Shelat, D.O.
(516) 570-4400
865 Northern Boulevard
Great Neck, NY
Specialties
Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology Electromyography
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Oxford, AmeriChoice, Aetna, and others
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: North Shore University Hospital
Residency Training: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, North Shore-LIJ Health System
Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2002
Additional Information
Member Organizations: -American Academy of Neurology -American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine -American College of Physicians -American Osteopathic Association
Awards: -Phi Beta Kappa -Psi Chi- National Honor Society in Psychology -North Shore-LIJ Health System Clinical Science Research Award -Angioma Alliance Neurology Resident's Award
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish,Korean,Italian,Chinese,Gujarati

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Adam N. Bender
(212) 876-5670
1150 Park Ave
New York, NY
Specialties
Neurology

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Jeffrey C. Allen
(212) 870-9407
170 East End Avenue
New York, NY
Specialties
Neurology

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Jay E. Selman, MD
(212) 288-6060
737 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Business
Park Avenue Neurology and Sleep Medicine, PLL
Specialties
Neurology, Sleep Medicine EMG-EEG Headaches ADHD and Learning Disabilities Neuro-BOTOX
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Medicare only
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: New York Presbyterian
Residency Training: Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Jacobi Hospital, Bronx
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, 1973
Additional Information
Member Organizations: American Academy of Neurology American Epilepsy Foundation
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish

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Nancy E Epstein, MD
(516) 354-3401
410 Lakeville Rd
New Hyde Park, NY
Business
Long Island Neurosurgical Associates PC
Specialties
Neurology

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Uriel T Davis MD
(516) 496-9292
175 Jericho Tpke
Syosset, NY
Specialties
Neurology

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Roger Alexander Bonomo
(212) 289-0540
1 East 87th Street
New York, NY
Specialties
Neurology

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John J. Caronna
(212) 746-2304
520 East 70th Street
New York, NY
Specialties
Neurology

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Stephen Klass, MD
(914) 636-4418
421 Huguenot St
New Rochelle, NY
Business
Drs Wasserman & Klass
Specialties
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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