Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) which causes areas of inflammation and damage to the insulation around the neurons (myelin) and the nerve cells (neurons) themselves. MS is not a rare condition with a prevalence of approximately 1:1000 persons and affects women 3 times more often than men. MS can begin at any age but it is diagnosed more often in younger people with the average age of diagnosis at 34 years old. MS affects all races and ethnic groups but is most common in temperate regions of the world, in between the equator and the poles (Indiana is in the temperate region).
At Neurology Care, we specialize in diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis. The diagnosis is typically made by the patient's history (two or more separate episodes of neurologic symptoms such as: numbness or tingling of an extremity, weakness of one side of the body, sudden decrease or loss of vision in one or both eyes, change in bowel or bladder function, unsteadiness or dizziness when walking. MRI scan of the brain and/or spinal cord is used to identify areas of inflammation central nervous system (CNS). Lumbar puncture (spinal tap) is also often performed to examine the spinal fluid (CSF) for abnormalities that signify CNS inflammation that can help confirm the diagnosis of MS. Your doctor will help you decide which tests you might need to determine if you have MS.
Your doctor at Neurology Care will also help you determine what treatment would be best for you to help you effectively decrease the chance of further MS attacks and minimize long-term disability from the disease. We specialize in the latest treatments and offer advice and support to help you choose and acquire the medicines and services that you need to achieve your goals. We recognize that every patient with MS is unique and treatment should be tailored for your specific needs so that you can maintain a fulfilling quality of life. We understand the challenges of living with MS and we want you to feel that your neurologist is there to help you take control of your disease rather than feeling that the disease is taking control of you.