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November 13, 2006


Richard Edlich

I am a plastic surgeon who developed Multiple sclerosis in 1985. I have a chronic progressive form of MS. What do you think is a safe treatment program that is not associated with severe complicatiions?

Dr. Edlich

Richard Petty

Dear Richard,

I am sorry for the delay in responding: I'm not quite sure how we missed you note.

I hope that I provided an answer to your question in my post on Integrated Medicine and MS.

If I did not, then please drop me a note and I'll be happy to give a more detailed response.

Kind regards,


The Wife

Hi, Dr. Petty.

My husband was diagnosed with MS about a year ago. It is believed that since he is only 32 years old and that he has more than 20 lesions on his brain that he may have developed MS in his early youth.

He, also, says that when he was around 12 years old something changed in him. He began to have rage control issues that were not treated successfully with Psychiatrists or Therapists.

I have been living with him now for 4 1/2 years. During this time, these rages have come and gone, but peaked about 1 year ago, before we knew he had MS. It has started to level off some, but it is still heightened.

With all that said, I believe that this may be directly related to 1 or more of the lesions on his brain. Do you think this could be directly related and if so, how do we go about getting this aspect of the disease under control?

Richard Petty

Thank you so much for your letter.

This sounds like an incredibly stressful situation.

Without a lot of information and a personal examination, it's hard to be sure about anyone's diagnosis and what might be causing what.

But there is absolutely no question that MS plaques in key regions of the brain can cause all kinds of behavioral changes. Assuming that the rage attacks aren't his personality - and you said that something changed when he was 12 - it is entirely possible that they could be the result of plaques in the pathways leading to the frontal lobes of the brain. I've seen a great many people with problems like this and also some who were thought to have bipolar disorder.

Treating these problems can be very hard, and we have to use medicines "off label." That being said we have often helped people with anticonvulsant medicines and even tiny doses of antipsychotics. We also use the comprehensive approach that I outlines in one of the other posts.

Without knowing the details, I don't know whether they would help your husband, but they would be worth discussing with the physicians who are treating him.

I do wish you both well.

Kind regards,


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