Multiple Sclerosis MS in Miami, FL
Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute is one of South Florida’s leading treatment centers specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and management of neurological conditions and diseases such as multiple sclerosis. The neurologists and neurosurgeons at our Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale offices deliver expert, personalized care in a welcoming environment.
Inflammation occurs when the white blood cells in your body fight foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria. In some cases, your body’s immune system may trigger inflammatory responses despite the absence of foreign substances or attacks. These conditions are known as autoimmune diseases. One of the most common autoimmune diseases is multiple sclerosis (MS). While the external symptoms for inflammation may not seem as serious, the underlying causes are critical.
What Is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is an immune mediated disorder that affects your spinal cord and brain. When left unchecked, MS can lead to loss of control over the brain, balance, vision, and sensations. When your body’s immune system damages the nervous system, it is vital to seek medical attention. While there are no definitive causes for MS, it is believed to have genetic causes like other autoimmune diseases.
What Are the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?
The nature and intensity of MS symptoms can vary from person to person and even change over time. However, some of the most common early symptoms of MS include eye pain, double vision, lack of coordination, weakness in muscles, imbalance, hazy or blurred vision, tingling sensations, and numbness. In the later stages, the symptoms of MS become more apparent as people experience problems such as muscle spasms, dizziness, fatigue, speech problems, unusual sensations, loss of bladder functioning, lower sex drive, and overall inability to perform sexually. You may also experience problems with clear thinking and reasoning, poor attention, and focus as well as tremors in your body.
How Is Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosed?
Diagnosing MS is not an easy task as the symptoms are not obvious. They also continually change over time and may have no similarities with other people. However, we do recommend MRI scans and lumbar puncture to determine areas of lesion in your spine and brain and we can perform tests. If we notice multiple episodes of MS-related symptoms, we look for certain traits. These episodes should last at least 24 hours at a time and occur a month apart.
How Is Multiple Sclerosis Treated?
Multiple sclerosis is commonly treated with medication. We prescribe the most effective medicines and provide regular care to keep a track of your progress. There are currently many new oral agents on the market. Depending on the frequency and severity of your episodes, we recommend an ideal medication cycle. Most of our medication is geared at shortening the attacks of MS and relieving symptoms such as muscle stiffness, weakness, pain, and urinary problems.
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Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute doctors are experts in neurological disease management utilizing the latest techniques and treatment options available. Our patients benefit from individualized treatment plans. We have offices conveniently located in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale. Please call 786-401-4599 today to schedule your initial consultation!