MS Specialist West Plains MO

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.

Clara Applegate, MD
(417) 257-6777
PO Box 1100
West Plains, MO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Southern Il Univ Sch Of Med, Springfield Il 62794
Graduation Year: 1982

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K Douglas Green, MD
(417) 255-9700
1115 Alaska St Ste 212
West Plains, MO
Specialties
Neurological Surgery, General Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Ozarks Med Ctr, West Plains, Mo
Group Practice: Ozarks Neurosurgical Assoc

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Stephen Paul Duntley
(314) 362-4342
212 N Kingshighway Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Neurology

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Keith A Hruska
(314) 454-6043
1 Childrens Pl
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Neurology

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Alpa A Vashist
(314) 577-5338
1465 S Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialty
Neurology

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Nancy Jean Applegate
(417) 257-6777
1100 N Kentucky Ave
West Plains, MO
Specialty
Neurology

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Jay Gordon Robinson, MD
(816) 836-5533
1515 W Truman Rd Ste 504
Independence, MO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Independence Regional Health C, Independence, Mo; Lees Summit Hospital, Lees Summit, Mo

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Riyadh J Tellow
(573) 472-1321
807 N Main St
Sikeston, MO
Specialty
Neurology

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Gregory Joseph Bailey, MD
(314) 644-7111
6725 Chippewa St
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1982

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Steven D Mellies, DO
(573) 651-3188
3004 Gordonville Rd
Cape Girardeau, MO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1977

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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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