Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system in which your immune system attacks the coating, called myelin, of the nerve cells. MS predominantly affects young adults during their most productive years. Genetic and environmental factors are known to contribute to Multiple Sclerosis, but a specific cause for this disease is unknown.
Disease begins most commonly with acute display of neurologic abnormalities. Symptoms vary dramatically from person to person and over the course of the disease depending on the location of affected nerve fibers.
For more information on Multiple Sclerosis, visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at www.nationalmssociety.org.
Multiple sclerosis symptoms differ greatly and often affect movement:
Vision problems are also common, including:
There are no specific tests for MS. Instead, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis often relies on ruling out other conditions that might produce similar signs and symptoms. The assessment includes neurological findings, clinical observation, results of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (presence of areas of demyelination in the CNS), spinal fluid examination (presence of oligoclonal bands and/or elevated IgG index). Your doctor may include an evoked potential test which uses a visual stimuli or electrical stimuli, in which you watch a moving visual pattern, or short electrical impulses are applied to nerves in your legs or arms.
There is no cure for multiple sclerosis. Treatment typically focuses on speeding recovery from attacks, slowing the progression of the disease and managing MS symptoms. Some people have such mild symptoms that no treatment is necessary. However, a number of medications can be used to treat the disease symptoms, including but not limited to:
Plasma exchange (plasmapheresis)
Your doctor may order a more advanced therapy of biologic injections or infusions. AZIV Infusion provides the following biologic injections and infusions in a convenient and comfortable setting for patients seeking treatment for Multiple Sclerosis:
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