The challenge of living with MS often begins with the challenge of getting a timely and accurate diagnosis. There are no symptoms, physical findings, or laboratory tests that can, by themselves, determine if someone has MS, and the most common symptoms of MS can often resemble symptoms of other conditions. All of these variables can sometimes lead to patients getting the wrong diagnosis.
Dr. Andrew Solomon, Associate Professor of Neurological Sciences and Division Chief of Multiple Sclerosis at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, is joining me to discuss diagnosing and misdiagnosing MS.
We'll also fill you in on the details of the upcoming European MS Platform Annual Conference (it's free to register!).
We'll tell you about a cannabis-based treatment that's been shown to improve spasticity without causing weakness in people with MS.
We'll share the results of a study that looked at how a COVID-19 infection affects MS.
You'll hear about newly published research that may have isolated the gene that causes male immune cells to drive more severe MS.
And we'll give you the rundown of this month's Can Do MS programs.
We have a lot to talk about! Are you ready for RealTalk MS??!
European MS Platform Annual Conference 1:38
Cannabis extract improves spasticity without causing weakness 2:44
How COVID-19 may affect MS 4:43
A word about our show notes 6:49
Study shows male immune cells drive more severe MS 8:18
This month's Can Do MS programs 11:38
Dr. Andrew Solomon discusses diagnosing MS and misdiagnosing MS 13:13
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National MS Society COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for People Living with MS
European MS Platform Annual Conference
STUDY: COVID-19 is Associated with New Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis That are Prevented by Disease-Modifying Therapies
STUDY: Male Sex Chromosomal Complement Exacerbates the Pathogenicity of Th17 Cells in a Chronic Model of Central Nervous System Autoimmunity
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RealTalk MS Episode 196
Guests: Dr. Andrew Solomon
Tags: MS, MultipleSclerosis, MSResearch, MSSociety, RealTalkMS