We found 5 providers with an interest in multiple sclerosis and who accept Aetna near Saint Louis, MO.

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

Dr. Anne Cross' area of specialization is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In her practice, she is particularly interested in neuromyelitis optica, multiple sclerosis (MS), and transverse myelitis. She honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Cross studied medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Cross's medical residency was performed at George Washington University Medical Center. She is 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 works as a neurologist. His clinical interests encompass neurological disorders and HIV/AIDS. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Clifford is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with 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's medical specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). In Dr. Naismith's practice, he is particularly interested in general neurology and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Naismith is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and a graduate of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology

Dr. Salim Chahin, MD
Specializes in Neurology
517 South Euclid Avenue
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Salim Chahin practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) in Saint Louis, MO. His areas of expertise include multiple sclerosis (MS). He honors TriWest, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Chahin completed his residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He is affiliated with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis

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. His areas of expertise include mitochondrial disease and optic neuritis. Dr. Van Stavern is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Van Stavern attended Penn State College of Medicine for medical school. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, 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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