Information About Multiple Sclerosis
Answers to Common Questions About Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis and Treatment
Shepherd Center knows that you and your loved ones may have many unanswered questions about multiple sclerosis. Here are answers to help you learn more about multiple sclerosis topics.
What is multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune disease. An MS diagnosis is a lifelong condition that occurs when the body’s own defense system attacks myelin protecting the nerve fibers of the central nervous system.
What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis symptoms are unpredictable, can change or fluctuate over time and may vary from patient to patient. Some symptoms of MS include fatigue, numbness and pain.
What are the types of multiple sclerosis?
The type of MS are named according to the way the disease acts on the body over time. The four multiple sclerosis types include RRMS, PPMS, SPMS and PRMS.
How is MS diagnosed?
To diagnose a person with MS, physicians must rely on several strategies to determine if enough criteria are met to confidently make a diagnosis. They must rule out other possible causes of symptoms the patient is experiencing.
What is an MS attack?
An exacerbation of MS, called an MS attack, causes new symptoms or the worsening of old symptoms. An MS attack can be very mild, or severe enough to interfere with a person’s ability to function at home and at work.
Multiple Sclerosis Research at Shepherd Center
Shepherd Center engages in research to improve clinical outcomes and the quality of life for people with MS. Our medical professionals and researchers are dedicated to conducting multiple sclerosis research through clinical trials, exercise and nutrition, knowledge transition, vocation and quality of life, and rehabilitation and function.
Learn how Shepherd Center advances the field of rehabilitative research for people living with multiple sclerosis.