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Multiple Sclerosis

Neurology Specialists, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation & Behavioral and Therapy Services located in Coral Springs, Sunrise and Fort Lauderdale, FL

Multiple Sclerosis services offered in Coral Springs, Sunrise and Fort Lauderdale, FL

Numbness, tremors, electric shock-like sensations, and weakness are possible signs of multiple sclerosis. Nearly 1 million Americans have this condition. See the experts at The Neurology Institute in Coral Springs and Sunrise, Florida, at the first sign of unusual symptoms to get screened or treated for multiple sclerosis. Schedule an appointment with the skilled neurology team at The Neurology Institute by phone or online today.

Multiple Sclerosis Q&A

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis, commonly referred to as MS, is an often-crippling disease involving your spinal cord and brain. It develops when your immune system attacks the sheath covering nerves, causing nerve deterioration and often permanent damage. 

Symptoms of the disease vary from person to person, and there’s no cure, though treatment can minimize debilitating symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

The common symptoms of multiple sclerosis include:

  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling 
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Spasms 
  • Electric-shock sensations 
  • Tremors
  • Lack of coordination
  • Loss of vision
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Slurred speech
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction 

You might also develop paralysis, sexual dysfunction, mood swings, dementia, depression, or seizures as a result of multiple sclerosis. 

What are the risk factors for multiple sclerosis?

While the cause of multiple sclerosis isn’t known, it develops when your immune system attacks its own tissues, including nerve-fiber coatings in your spinal cord and brain. MS risk factors include:

  • Family history of multiple sclerosis
  • Being a woman
  • Being 20-40 years old
  • Living in a temperate climate
  • Infections
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Smoking
  • Vitamin D deficiency 

Adopting healthy habits may reduce your chance of developing multiple sclerosis, but you can’t necessarily avoid it if you’re prone to MS.

How does my neurologist diagnose multiple sclerosis?

Your neurologist may be able to diagnose multiple sclerosis after discussing your lifestyle habits, medical history, and symptoms. They complete physical and neurological exams, check your vital signs, and often order diagnostic tests. Examples include blood tests, spinal taps, an MRI, and nerve testing.

How is multiple sclerosis treated?

There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis, but treatment can minimize your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Your neurologist may recommend you take medications or undergo plasma exchange. This involves removing some of your blood, mixing it with a protein solution, and reintroducing the blood back into your body.

You may undergo physical therapy or make lifestyle changes. It’s important to get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly if your provider says it’s OK, eat nutritious foods, and practice stress-relieving techniques.

Your neurologist tailors each treatment based on your lifestyle and the severity of your symptoms. They monitor you throughout your journey to ensure your treatment is the right match for your needs.

To get screened or treated for multiple sclerosis, call The Neurology Institute office or schedule an appointment online today.