Since these signs are characteristic of several different conditions, MS is often difficult to diagnose. “If you notice any combination of symptoms, document them and their frequency, and share this information with your doctor,” advises Todd Maraist, MD, neurologist at St. Joseph Health Neurology Associates in South College Station and a member of St. Joseph and Texas A&M Health Network.
How Do Doctors Treat MS?
While there currently isn’t a cure for MS, people with the condition can still live healthy and fulfilling lives. Treatment for MS involves a combination of medicine and rehabilitation. Medications can lower the frequency of relapses, decrease inflammation, and even remove lesions from the brain and spinal cord. Rehabilitation focuses on working to overcome the symptoms each patient experiences. In rehab, people may work on conserving energy, improving mobility, or speaking more clearly.
If you have symptoms that point toward multiple sclerosis, schedule an appointment with your St. Joseph Health primary care physician. They can refer you to a St. Joseph Health neurologist for further testing and treatment if needed.
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