We found 5 providers with an interest in multiple sclerosis and who accept United Healthcare PPO 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 is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her areas of expertise include neuromyelitis optica, multiple sclerosis (MS), and transverse myelitis. Dr. Cross's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and a graduate of George Washington University Medical Center's residency program.

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Relevant Interests: , multiple sclerosis (MS)

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

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. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Naismith is especially interested in general neurology and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Naismith takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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All Interests: Multiple Sclerosis, General Neurology

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 specialty is neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He is especially interested in neurological disorders and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Clifford is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Clifford's medical residency was performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Salim Chahin specializes in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease) and practices in Saint Louis, MO. In Dr. Chahin's practice, he is particularly interested in multiple sclerosis (MS). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He honors TriWest, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Chahin attended the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

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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 is a specialist in neuro-ophthalmology. He works in Saint Louis, MO. His areas of clinical interest consist of mitochondrial disease and optic neuritis. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, Center for Advanced Medicine, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Van Stavern attended Penn State College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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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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