What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. Although there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, treatments are available to multiple sclerosisreduce severity and delay progression. Northwest Neurology–located in Lake Barrington, Crystal Lake, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington and Libertyville, IL–offers state-of-the-art treatments for multiple sclerosis. Here’s everything you need to know about multiple sclerosis.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is an illness that impacts the brain and spinal cord, which make up the central nervous system. In multiple sclerosis, the immune system attacks the myelin sheath that protects the nerve fibers and causes communication problems between the brain and other parts of the body.

What Causes MS?

Doctors don’t know for sure what causes multiple sclerosis, but there are many things that seem to make the illness more likely. Smoking may increase your risk of multiple sclerosis. Individuals with certain genes also have higher chances of getting it. Some individuals may get multiple sclerosis after they have had a viral infection that makes their immune system stop working normally.

What Are the Signs of MS?

Multiple sclerosis symptoms may differ greatly from person to person. They may include numbness or weakness in one or more limbs, double vision, partial or complete loss of vision, slurred speech and tremor. In addition, individuals with multiple sclerosis often have fatigue, dizziness and problems with bowel and bladder function.

How is MS Diagnosed?

Multiple sclerosis is diagnosed by a patient’s medical history, physical examination and tests such as MRI, and evoked potential tests. Other tests may be done to rule out other illnesses that may cause similar symptoms. Early detection may help prevent multiple sclerosis from progressing quickly.

What Treatments Are Available?

Multiple sclerosis treatment options include IV steroids, interferon injections and dimethyl fumarate. Medications are available to treat nearly all multiple sclerosis symptoms. To treat your multiple sclerosis, your Lake Barrington, Crystal Lake, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington and Libertyville doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes, physical therapy, yoga and other natural solutions to improve your health.

Take control of your MS symptoms. Call Northwest Neurology in Lake Barrington, Crystal Lake, Rolling Meadows, South Barrington and Libertyville, IL to schedule an appointment. Our state-of-the-art facility offers a full range of services for MS patients including diagnosis and treatment. Remember that incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control.

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