Multiple Sclerosis Center

Multiple sclerosis affects your nerves, interrupting signals to and from the brain that control many functions. The condition causes a range of symptoms that can flare up and then go away.

At the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Premier Health, our board-certified specialists help you and your family manage multiple sclerosis. Your care team includes experienced neurologists and specially trained nurses, therapists and technologists who work together to provide personalized, compassionate care.

What Is MS?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune, demyelinating disease that impacts the central nervous system. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the protective myelin sheath that surrounds nerve cells. This disrupts signals to the brain and causes symptoms.

At its onset, MS produces symptoms that can sometimes be so mild that the patient hardly notices them, or the symptoms subside and the patient doesn’t recognize that anything is wrong. With some types of MS, symptoms can be present and then go away, only to return later.

Some symptoms of MS include:

  • Blurry vision or vision loss
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or weakness 
  • Pain or tingling 
  • Tremors
  • Unsteady walking

There is no known cause or cure for MS, but it is neither contagious nor fatal.

Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis

Your doctor may perform several tests to help diagnose multiple sclerosis. These tests may include:

  • Physical exam. Your doctor will check your body and vital signs.
  • Review of your medical history. Your doctor will talk with you about any other conditions you’ve had as well as your current symptoms.
  • Blood tests. A blood sample will be taken and checked for signs of infection or disease.
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Magnets and radio waves create detailed images of the brain and nerves.
  • Lumbar puncture. A thin needle inserted into the space around the spinal column removes a sample of cerebrospinal fluid to measure the red and white blood cell count and check for signs of infection or disease.
  • Evoked potentials testing. These tests measure the time it takes for the brain to respond to sensory stimulation from sight, sound, or touch.

No one test or examination can confirm MS. Your doctor will make a diagnosis after comparing the results of several tests and considering your medical history and symptoms.

Treating Multiple Sclerosis  

Multiple sclerosis care and treatment is complex. At the Multiple Sclerosis Center, we bring together a wide range of treatment methods to help our patients manage their condition and lead full lives.

We employ the use of medications and lifestyle modifications that may alleviate symptoms and slow the progression of the disease, including:

  • Appropriate nutrition. You work with a registered dietitian who helps you create an eating plan that ensures you get the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
  • Vocational therapy. You work with a vocational rehabilitation counselor to find the right kind of employment for you, or to help make accommodations at your current job.
  • Occupational therapy. You work with a therapist to learn how to perform activities of daily living, such as buttoning a shirt or using the bathroom.
  • Physical therapy. You work with a physical therapist to strengthen your muscles and achieve proper movement.
  • Support groups. You can attend support groups and forums to find emotional support and education by sharing with and learning from other patients and families living with MS.
  • Clinical research.You may be able to receive experimental treatments by participating in a clinical trial. Your doctor will work with you to determine if a clinical trial will provide benefits to you.

Contact Us

Our specialists are ready to help you get back to the things that matter most in your life. Find a provider near you, call CareFinders at (866) 608-FIND (3463), or consult our list of related practices.

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