Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, immune-mediated, neurodegenerative disease that affects approximately 400,000 people in the United States.
MS is a notoriously challenging condition in that aside from its progressive nature and complex mechanisms, not everyone who has it exhibits the same symptoms. Knowledge and vigilance are half the battle: they are crucial for seeking timely treatment and ultimately preserving one’s quality of life.
Below are some of the early signs of MS. If you notice them in you or a loved one, it’s important to not let too much time slip by before you decide to see a doctor, particularly a neurologist.
Visual disturbances, such as blurry or double vision, flashing lights, and loss of color vision, are among the first symptoms experienced by 15 to 20 percent of people with multiple sclerosis. The disease causes inflammation and eventual damage of the optic nerve, which is responsible for sending visual information from your eye to your brain.
This symptom refers to the transient, electrical sensation down the spine that is usually triggered when the neck is moved or flexed in a particular way. Lhermitte’s sign occurs as a result of demyelination. When nerves lose the protective layer around them (myelin), they are unable to carry signals to the brain as they should. This results in the delay of signal transmission or miscommunication between nerve fibers.
People with early-stage MS may experience muscle weakness in one or more limbs, which can render them unable to walk properly. This is also due to nerve damage and the disruption of signals from within the spinal cord.
Multiple sclerosis can cause lesions to develop around the cerebellum or brainstem, whose function is to help you control your balance. Dizziness associated with multiple sclerosis is usually severe and can persist for hours up to several days.
Multiple Sclerosis Treatment in Farmington Hills, Novi, Howell, and Brighton, MI
For first-rate multiple sclerosis treatment in Southeast Michigan, choose Associates in Neurology. Our team includes compassionate, highly-driven, board-certified neurologists who are dedicated to bettering the lives of patients living with neurologic conditions.
We will carry out a comprehensive assessment to confirm or rule out multiple sclerosis. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, we will develop a personalized treatment to help you live well and thrive with the condition.
To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, call our office today at (248) 478-5512 or use our convenient online appointment request form.