Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that damages the nerve fibers in the central nervous system (CNS). MS is a progressive condition that may cause many symptoms including vision problems, muscle weakness, or numbness. But with advances in treatment options, Yashma Patel, MD, at Valley Neurology in Spokane, Washington, can design a personalized plan to improve your MS symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Call the office or request a consultation with the MS experts online today.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system. With MS, your immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the myelin sheath that protects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
Damage to the myelin sheath disrupts nerve signaling, affecting communication between your brain and spinal cord and the rest of your body.
Researchers are still investigating what causes someone to develop MS, but they theorize it may occur from various triggers like an infection (viral or bacterial), environmental exposures, or genetic mutations.
MS is unpredictable and affects everyone differently. The neurologists at Valley Neurology categorize MS into types based on symptom presentation. The types include:
CIS is the first neurological attack consisting of symptoms consistent with MS. MRIs at this stage may show evidence of demyelination.
RRMS is the most common type. People with RRMS experience flare-ups in MS symptoms that can last from days to weeks and then may go away for a time.
People with PPMS experience MS symptoms that progressively worsen over time without clear relapses.
Over time, some people with RRMS can develop SPMS. With SPMS, you may have continued progression of symptoms with or without relapses.
Multiple sclerosis symptoms vary. However, vision problems are a common early symptom of MS. Other symptoms may include:
Over time, symptoms may worsen, affecting quality of life. Valley Neurology specializes in MS treatment and can design a plan to reduce symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease.
Your provider at Valley Neurology customizes your MS treatment plan based on type and symptoms. Treatment may include:
Currently, there is no cure for MS. However, with advances in research and treatment options, you can live a long and full life with MS.
For expert MS care, call Valley Neurology or request an appointment online today.