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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a complex neurological condition that affects the central nervous system, disrupting the flow of information between the brain and the body. It is characterized by scar tissue (sclerosis) forming in the brain and spinal cord. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerve fibers.

MS can be unpredictable, affecting people differently. Some may have mild symptoms, while others may face challenges with vision, writing, speech, or walking. The signs vary based on where and how much nerve damage occurs in the central nervous system.

The following are often the first symptoms of MS:

  • Blurred or double vision

  • Red-green color distortion

  • Pain and loss of vision because of swelling of the optic nerve (optic neuritis)

  • Trouble walking

  • An abnormal feeling or pain, such as numbness, prickling, or pins and needles (paresthesia)

What Can Cause MS?

Several factors may contribute to MS, including:

  • Autoimmune disorders

  • Infectious agents, such as viruses

  • Environmental factors

  • Genetic factors

While there isn't a specific test for MS, the Ogden Clinic | Neurocare Center team employs a careful diagnostic process, ruling out other causes and diseases. An MS evaluation encompasses a thorough health history and neurological exam, covering mental, emotional, and language functions, as well as movement, coordination, vision, balance, and the functions of the five senses. Diagnostic tools may include Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), evoked potentials, cerebral spinal fluid analysis, and blood tests.

We understand the challenges that MS presents, and our team is committed to providing comprehensive care and support tailored to your unique needs. If you suspect you or a loved one may be experiencing symptoms of MS, don't hesitate to schedule your first visit. Early detection and intervention are key to managing this condition.

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