Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and potentially disabling disease that affects your brain and spinal cord. The medical team at The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology, PA, includes MS specialist Robert Ulrich, DO, at the Frisco, Texas, location. If you’re seeking an MS expert in North Texas, call or book an appointment online today.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that causes your immune system to attack healthy tissues in your central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves). When you have MS, your immune system destroys the protective layer of myelin that covers nerve fibers.
You can think of myelin as the insulation layer on an electrical wire. Damage to the myelin sheath causes inflammation that leads to communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Over time, MS can cause permanent nerve damage.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary depending on the location of the damaged nerve fibers. Common MS symptoms include:
Currently, there’s no cure for MS, but early diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Ulrich and the team at The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology can help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Multiple sclerosis can strike at any age, but it’s most common in people age 15-60. The disease affects both men and women, but women are about twice as likely to get MS. Other factors that may increase your risk of developing MS include:
Environmental factors, such as a Vitamin D deficiency and cigarette smoke, may also increase the risk of MS.
First, Dr. Ulrich performs a complete neurological exam and carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history. There’s no specific test for MS, but Dr. Ulrich may perform diagnostic tests, such as blood work or an MRI, to rule out other medical conditions that cause similar symptoms.
Then, he works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to manage your MS symptoms. Depending on your needs, MS treatment may include:
He may also recommend lifestyle changes to control your symptoms at home, such as getting regular exercise and practicing stress-relief techniques.
If you or a loved one has symptoms of MS, call The Center for Neurology and Neurophysiology or book an appointment online right away.