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.

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

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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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John Dillon Mc Garry, MD
(314) 577-5338
PO Box 470
Crystal City, MO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Of Galway, Nat'L Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med, Galway
Graduation Year: 1968

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Robert Thomas Naismith, MD
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1998

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Michael Diringer, MD
(314) 362-2999
McMillian 401 Box 8111
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
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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Christopher R Andrew
(417) 623-3330
1020 Mcintosh Circle
Joplin, MO
Specialty
Neurology

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John Martin Zempel, MD
(314) 454-4089
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1995

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Rickey J Reynolds, MD
1 Hospital Dr
Columbia, MO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1992

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Dr.Alan Scarrow
(417) 820-5150
1965 S Fremont Ave # 130
Springfield, MO
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1996
Speciality
Neurosurgeon
General Information
Hospital: St. JohnS
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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