We found 4 providers with an interest in multiple sclerosis and who accept Aetna near Saint Louis, MO.

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Dr. Anne H Cross, MD
Specializes in Neurology
517 South Euclid Avenue
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Anne Cross is a neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) specialist. Before completing her residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Cross attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Clinical interests for Dr. Cross include neuromyelitis optica, multiple sclerosis (MS), and transverse myelitis. She honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Cross's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. David B Clifford, MD
Specializes in Neurology
620 South Taylor Avenue; Suite 100, Taylor Avenue Building Extension
St. Louis, MO
 

Dr. David Clifford is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Before completing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Clifford attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. In Dr. Clifford's practice, he is particularly interested in neurological disorders and HIV/AIDS. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Peripheral Neuropathy, HIV/AIDS, Neurological Disorders, Infections

Dr. Robert T Naismith, MD
Specializes in Neurology
517 South Euclid Avenue
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Naismith is a neurologist in Saint Louis, MO. After attending Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Naismith completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. These areas are among his clinical interests: general neurology and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Naismith takes. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology

Dr. Gregory Paul Van Stavern, MD
Specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology
4921 Parkview Place; 12th Floor Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Gregory Van Stavern specializes in neuro-ophthalmology and practices in Saint Louis, MO. He attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC) for residency. Dr. Van Stavern takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Myasthenia Gravis, Diabetes, Stroke, Diplopia, Brain Tumor, Nystagmus, Intracranial Hypertension, ... (Read more)

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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the protective covering of nerves, causing communication issues between the brain and other parts of the body. The cause of MS is unknown, but some factors may raise a person’s risk of developing it. For example, if your parent or sibling has MS, or you have another autoimmune disease like type 1 diabetes, you may be more predisposed to getting MS than others.

Symptoms of MS vary widely from person to person. Common ones are weakness in the arm or leg, lack of balance, stiff muscles, fatigue, dizziness, partial or total vision loss, slurred speech, and issues with bowel and bladder function. While there is no cure for MS, treatments focus on the following:

  • Reducing attacks, which occur when nerves become inflamed (or swollen), causing new symptoms to arise or existing ones to worsen. Drugs like corticosteroids lessen inflammation and may help prevent attacks or limit their occurrence.
  • Slowing the development of the disease. Immunomodulators are medications that alter the body’s immune response. They may minimize nerve damage brought on by MS and thus decrease the rate at which it progresses.
  • Easing symptoms. Physical therapy can help with leg weakness and improve balance. Medicines like muscle relaxants may be prescribed to reduce muscle stiffness.
Living with MS can be a challenge, but due to advancements in medicine over the past few decades, the quality of life of people with MS has increased. Although the average life expectancy of those who have the disease is about five years lower than the rest of the population, this difference seems to be at a gradual but steady decline.

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