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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.
MS symptoms are variable and unpredictable. No two people have exactly the same symptoms, and each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time. One person might experience only one or two of the possible symptoms while another person experiences many more.
Common symptoms include:
- Walking (Gait) Difficulties
- Numbness or Tingling
- Vision Problems
- Dizziness and Vertigo
- Bladder Problems
- Sexual Problems
- Bowel Problems
- Cognitive Changes
- Emotional Changes
Treating Multiple Sclerosis
Comprehensive MS care begins with the diagnosis and lasts a lifetime. Learn how to work with your healthcare team to reduce disease activity, manage symptoms and maintain your quality of life. Managing MS is an ongoing process, beginning with the very first symptoms and continuing throughout the disease course. It’s never too soon or too late to think about how to access high quality, comprehensive, interdisciplinary care. Knowing what to look for, where to find it, and how to work effectively with your doctor and other health professionals is essential to your health, wellness and quality of life.
(Source: National Multiple Sclerosis Society)
A complex disease requires a comprehensive approach
Today MS is not a curable disease. Effective strategies can help modify or slow the disease course, treat relapses (also called attacks or exacerbations), manage symptoms, improve function and safety, and address emotional health.
The model of comprehensive MS care involves the expertise of many different healthcare professionals — each contributing in a unique way to the management of the disease and the symptoms it can cause. GHS Neurological Institute offers this team within a single center, offering “one-stop shopping” for people with MS. Our goal is comprehensive, coordinated care to manage the disease and promote comfort, function, independence, health and wellness.
For most people with MS, the neurologist functions as the leader of the team. As a specialist in diseases of the nervous system, it is the neurologist’s job to make the MS diagnosis, identify treatment strategies and coordinate these treatment efforts with others members of the team.
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