Romer Mosquera, M.D.
Board Certified Neurologist & Clinical Neurophysiologist located in Miami, FL
Tingling or pain in your body, weakness in your limbs, and loss of vision could be signs of multiple sclerosis. If you’re noticing symptoms of this disabling disease, visit Romer Mosquera, MD, and the team at Neuroclinics in Miami, Florida. The expert neurology team can guide your treatment with compassion, education, and precise care. Book an appointment online to get started or call the office today.
Multiple Sclerosis Q & A
What causes multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. The immune system targets and attacks the protective coating around nerve fibers called myelin. This results in faulty signaling between your brain and your body.
There isn’t one clear cause of MS, but it might develop due to a combination of genetic and environmental influences. Certain risk factors can increase your chances of having multiple sclerosis, including:
- Family history
- Certain infections or viruses
- Autoimmune diseases like Type 1 diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease
Women are also more likely to develop MS, as are people of Northern European descent.
What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?
The signs of multiple sclerosis can vary from one person to the next, and they differ depending on the location of the affected nerves. Common symptoms include:
- Numbness or weakness in the limbs
- Pain on one side of the body, particularly in the legs or trunk
- Partial or full loss of vision, either in one or both eyes
- Tremors or shaking
- Tingling or electric shock sensations
- Slurred speech
- Bowel and bladder problems
Most people who have multiple sclerosis experience periods of symptoms followed by periods of remission. Both phases can last months or even years.
What are the treatment options for multiple sclerosis?
Your treatment may begin with a series of neurological tests to measure your nerve functioning and brain signaling. Your provider works with you to create a customized care plan that addresses your symptoms and helps you live a better quality of life. Some common treatment methods for multiple sclerosis include:
- Disease-modifying drugs to reset the immune system
- Beta-interferons to raise white blood cell count and boost the immune system
- Steroids to ease symptoms
- Physical therapy to reduce pain
If you have MS, you can also benefit from lifestyle changes that support more restful sleep, reduce stress, and prevent common MS complications like constipation. In fact, eating healthy foods can improve many of the symptoms and help prevent flare-ups.
Though there isn’t an official MS diet, it helps to drink plenty of water, limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol you drink, and include fish, oats, beans, and fruits rich in omega-3 fatty acids in your daily meal plan.
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