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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis affects the quality of life and mobility of about one million people in the United States. To help you stay on top of your symptoms, Neurology Specialists of Albuquerque offers comprehensive testing and treatment services for multiple sclerosis. Timothy Ownbey, DO, designs a long-term treatment plan to ease existing symptoms you have and slow down the progression of multiple sclerosis. Dr. Ownbey uses medications, physical therapy, and other strategies to ensure you enjoy a high quality of life. Call the office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or schedule a multiple sclerosis evaluation online today.

Multiple Sclerosis Q & A

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) develops when the immune system attacks the protective covering (myelin) surrounding nerve fibers in your brain and spinal cord. This causes a disruption in the communication between your brain and your body.

The underlying cause of multiple sclerosis isn’t well understood but relates to an autoimmune disorder. An autoimmune disorder causes your body to mistakenly attack otherwise healthy tissues in your body.  Other factors that can increase your risk for MS include:

  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Infections
  • Genetic history
  • Vitamin deficiencies

Women are at a higher risk for developing MS than men, especially those with a family history of the disease.

When should I seek medical care for multiple sclerosis?

The symptoms of multiple sclerosis can vary greatly from one person to the next. If you have any unusual symptoms related to MS, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Neurology Specialists of Albuquerque.

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis can include:

  • Tremors
  • Limb numbness
  • Limb weakness
  • Unsteady gait
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Electric shock sensations in the neck

These symptoms can come and go, lasting days or weeks in between periods of relapse.

To determine if your symptoms relate to MS or another medical condition, Dr. Ownbey performs a comprehensive physical exam and a review of your medical history. He may also order blood tests, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or other diagnostic tests to identify abnormalities.

How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

While there’s currently no cure for multiple sclerosis, Dr. Ownbey works with you on a treatment plan to manage existing MS symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease.

You may need corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in damaged nerves and minimize your pain. There are also FDA-approved medications that help modify the progression of multiple sclerosis to lower your risk for frequent relapses. These medications are available in oral, injectable, and infusion delivery methods.

To help you maintain your mobility and independence, Dr. Ownbey can also recommend physical therapy and muscle relaxants. You should also make sure you get plenty of quality sleep each night, exercise daily, and eat a well-balanced diet to stay in control of your MS symptoms.

Schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of multiple sclerosis online or call Neurology Specialists of Albuquerque today.