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Commonly used MS Acronyms

 

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Commonly Used MS Acronyms: 

 

ADA:               Americans with Disabilities Act     

        

ADEM:            Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis

 

AFO:               Ankle Foot Orthotic

 

BFS:                Benign Fasciculation Syndrome

 

BINO:              Bilateral INO

 

BPPV:             Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

CDMS:            Clinically Definite Multiple Sclerosis

 

CIS:                Clinically Isolated Syndrome

 

CNS:               Central Nervous System  

CPMS:            Chronic-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (Old name used for progressive types of  MS.  Replaced by Primary-Progressive and Secondary- Progressive)

 

CPP:                Disability Canadian Pension Plan Disability

CRAB Drugs:   Copaxone, Rebif, Avonex, and Betaseron

 

CSF:                Cerebral Spinal Fluid

 

DMD's:            Disease Modifying Drugs

 

DTR:                Deep Tendon Reflex

 

DX:                  Diagnosis

Dx'd:                Diagnosed

 

EBV:                Epstein Barr Virus

 

EDSS:              Expanded Disability Status Scale (Scale used to determine MS disability level)

EEG:                Electroencephalogram

 

ELISA:            Test for detecting antibodies to a specific infection (as in Lyme)   

                          

EMG:              Electromyography

 

EOM:              Extraocular movements (Eye movements)

 

ESR:                Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (Sed Rate)     

        

FES:                Functional Electrical Stimulation

 

FLAIR:            Fluid Attenuated Inversion Recovery - MRI technique to show lesions

 

FMLA:             The Family and Medical Leave Act

 

FSE:                 Fast Spin Echo (MRI technique)     

        

GP:                  General Practitioner or family doctor

 

HGC:               Hypo Gamma Chondria - the virtual Greek house for people who have been told they are crazy or stressed, are afraid they are crazy now or will become so in the future. Also for the Undiagnosed, the Misdiagnosed, and the Diagnosed, but Pissed Off.

IBS:                 Irritable Bowel Syndrome

 

IgG:                 Gamma Immunoglobulins (common antibodies)

 

INO:                Internuclear Ophthalmoplegia (eye movement difficulty seen in MS)

 

IPIR:                Immediate Post-Injection Reaction (a reaction that is possible with Copaxone)

 

IVIG:               Intravenous Immunoglobulin

 

KAFO:            Knee Ankle Foot Orthotic

 

LDN:               Low Dose Naltrexone

 

LP:                   Lumbar Puncture or Spinal Tap

 

MD:                 Medical Doctor

 

MP:                  Marshall Protocol

 

MRI:                Magnetic Resonance Imaging

 

MS:                 Multiple Sclerosis      

        

MSSC:            Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

 

NCS:               Nerve Conduction Studies  

       

OB:                 Oligoclonal Bands (sometimes referred to as O-bands)

 

ON:                 Optic Neuritis      

        

OT:                  Occupational Therapy

 

PCP:                Primary Care Physician

 

PCR:                Polymerase Chain Reaction - test for detecting DNA

 

PPMS:             Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

 

PML:               Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy

 

PNS:                Peripheral Nervous System

 

PT:                   Physical Therapy

 

RBC:                Red Blood Cell count

 

RLS:                Restless Leg Syndrome

 

RRMS:            Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis     

RX:                  Prescription or Medications

 

SLE:                 Systemic Lupus Erythematosis

SNS:                Somatic Nervous System

 

SP:                   Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

 

SSI:                  Supplemental Security Income

 

SSDI:               Social Security Disability Income

 

SSEP:              SomatoSensory Potential

 

SS:                   Sjogren's Syndrome

 

SX:                  Symptom

(number)T:       The strength of the MRI machine, such as 1.5T or 3T. T=Tesla

 

T1:                   A technique on MRI which shows black holes

 

T2:                   A technique on the MRI which shows the hyperintense lesions of MS

 

TM:                  Transverse Myelitis

 

TN:                  Trigeminal Neuralgia

 

UTI:                 Urinary Tract Infection

 

VDRL:             Syphillis test

VEP:                Visual Evoked Potential

 

VNG:               Videonystagmography

 

WBC:              White Blood Cell count             

  

WML:              White Matter Lesions

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