How to Find a Neurologist Who Treats Multiple Sclerosis
Successful management of multiple sclerosis (MS) often requires a team of medical professionals, and that team should include a neurologist.
“MS is a chronic illness that affects the central nervous system, and so it’s important to have someone who has knowledge of the pathophysiology of MS, the consequences and outcome of MS, and the new profile of treatment for MS,” says Aliza Ben-Zacharia, NP, an acute care nurse practitioner and assistant professor of neurology at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York City.
“MS is not a temporary disease,” Ben-Zacharia says. “You need to have follow-up with the neurologist for the rest of your life. It’s important that the neurologist fits your life and properly communicates with you.”
You may need to meet with several neurologists to find someone who matches your individual needs.
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.