Multiple Sclerosis

Midwest Neurology Associates, P.C.

Neurologist and Pain Management Specialist located in Dyer, IN

Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease that affects the brain and spinal cord and impairs communication between your brain and the rest of your body. It’s estimated that nearly 400,000 people in the US have multiple sclerosis. The progressive condition can cause a range of symptoms that affect quality of life. At Midwest Neurology Associates, P.C., in Dyer, Indiana, the board-certified physicians offer innovative treatments to help manage the pain that many with multiple sclerosis experience. To discuss your treatment options, call the office, to book an appointment today.

Multiple Sclerosis Q & A

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a nervous system disease of the brain and spinal cord. With multiple sclerosis, the immune system attacks and destroys the myelin sheath that covers your nerve fibers. The damage affects communication between your nerve cells and slows down or blocks messages between your brain and body.

Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of multiple sclerosis and aren’t sure why the immune system attacks the myelin sheath in some people. However, your risk of developing multiple sclerosis increases if it runs in your family, you have a history of Epstein barr or mononucleosis infection, or you live in a temperate climate (North America, New Zealand, Europe). Multiple sclerosis is also more often seen in women and usually develops between the ages of 16 and 55.

What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis symptoms vary significantly based on the type of nerves affected, as well as the progression of the disease. Symptoms may include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Electric shock-like sensation
  • Tremors
  • Unsteady on your feet
  • Vision changes
  • Fatigue
  • Slurred speech
  • Dizziness

Pain is also a common symptom. As many 66% of those with multiple sclerosis suffer from pain. The pain may include headaches, back pain, or a constant burning sensation. Muscle spasms are also common in those with multiple sclerosis.

How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

Currently, there’s no single test that can diagnose multiple sclerosis. When you’re experiencing symptoms that point to the autoimmune disorder, the team at Midwest Neurology Associates may recommend various tests to rule out other causes before they’re able to confirm a diagnosis.

What are the treatments for multiple sclerosis?

The team at Midwest Neurology Associates focus their treatment on helping you manage your multiple sclerosis pain. During your evaluation, the team conducts numerous tests using innovative technology to find the origin of your pain. Finding and understanding the cause of your pain helps the team determine the most effective mode of treatment.

Treatment for your multiple sclerosis pain may include:

  • Massage therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Infusion therapy

The goal of treatment is to provide you relief from your pain to improve your quality of life.

For management of your multiple sclerosis pain from the neurology experts, call Midwest Neurology Associates, to book an appointment today.