Nearly 1 million Americans live with multiple sclerosis. If you’re among them, finding an effective treatment path can make a world of difference in your daily life. Multiple sclerosis is an area of specialty for neurologist Salman Saeed, MD, FAAPM, of West TN Neurology Clinic PLLC in Bartlett and Dyersburg, Tennessee. Dr. Saeed has the expertise to diagnose multiple sclerosis and get you on the right treatment path. To begin that process, schedule an appointment online or by phone.
Multiple Sclerosis Q & A
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition in which your body mistakenly attacks your central nervous system, including your spinal cord, brain, and optic nerves. The condition causes your immune system to create inflammation that damages myelin, which is the protective sheathing around your nerve fibers.
Inflammation can also harm nerve fibers and the cells that create new myelin. Your immune system is a powerful force, and when that power is misdirected, serious health problems can occur, including disability.
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary greatly from one person to the next, and include:
- Bladder or bowel dysfunction
- Emotional disruptions
- Sexual dysfunction
- Dizziness or vertigo
You may notice your symptoms change over time, which is why it’s important to establish a good relationship with a neurologist who knows your case and can adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
Are all Multiple Sclerosis cases the same?
There are different types of multiple sclerosis, characterized by how much the disease has progressed. It’s important to note that many men and women have a very stable form of multiple sclerosis that doesn’t progress at all.
Approximately 8% of cases are highly aggressive, with many relapse and remission cycles and ever-worsening symptoms. This form of multiple sclerosis can be debilitating.
How is Multiple Sclerosis treated?
Treating multiple sclerosis is not a simple matter, as each man and woman has a unique experience with the disease. Medication plays an important role in delaying progression and managing associated symptoms. Ocrevus and Tysabri are among the newest medications currently used to treat MS.
Multiple sclerosis relapses that lead to vision loss, extreme weakness, or balance problems can be treated with corticosteroids. These medications reduce inflammation, and a high-dose intravenous course of these drugs over a five-day span can stop a relapse.
Medications can be administered through injections, orally, or via intravenous infusions. Dr. Saeed works with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your needs. Your medication plan will likely change over the course of your life, and adjust to suit your dynamic experience of multiple sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis Treatment in Bartlett, TN
If you have questions or would like a thorough diagnostic work-up, book a visit with Dr. Saeed online or over the phone today.