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 specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Cross include neuromyelitis optica, multiple sclerosis (MS), and transverse myelitis. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and performed her residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Cross is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromyelitis Optica, Transverse Myelitis, Optic Neuritis

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

Dr. David Clifford's area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He has a special interest in neurological disorders and HIV/AIDS. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Clifford attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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 practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Saint Louis, MO. Dr. Naismith's clinical interests encompass general neurology and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for residency. On average, patients gave Dr. Naismith a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Naismith takes.

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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 practices neuro-ophthalmology. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Van Stavern 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.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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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