MS - Multiple Sclerosis: Definition & Diagnosis

multiple sclerosisWhat is Multiple Sclerosis?

The scientific and medical communities have been at odds for decades on the specific causes of Multiple Sclerosis (also known more commonly as MS). In its simplest terms, MS is an advanced neurological disorder where the auto immune system within the body is triggered to attack neural pathways in the brain.  This attack on the central nervous system disrupts neural synapse firing and interrupts information from the brain to the body and vice versa. Because physicians do not know inherently the root cause of MS, it is very hard to pin point and diagnose, but the symptoms are very evident in patients. (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

What are the symptoms of MS?

Identifying symptoms of MS might appear to be a direct and straightforward process, but that is rarely the case. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the most common symptoms of MS include fatigue, neuropathy (numbness and tingling in extremities), instability of gait/dizziness (balance issues), spasticity (involuntary muscle spasms), general weakness, and lethargy, vision problems,  bladder issues, sexual problems, bowel problems, cognitive dysfunction, mood swings and severe depression. Because every patient experiences MS differently, there is no one set pattern that defines MS exclusively.  This can be difficult to diagnose as a result. (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

How is MS diagnosed?

Good question, and the answer is you don’t, at least not initially. The Mayo clinic states that it is more sensible and clinically accepted to rule out every other diagnosis as a means to actually confirm MS. This is a process of elimination. With that said, any neurologist or physician who sets on the daunting task of pinpointing a patient’s MS diagnosis would have to run a battalion of tests to start this ruling-out process. That litany of tests might include, blood tests, MRI scans, and a lumbar puncture (also known as a spinal tap), where a small quantity of spinal fluid is removed to assess for abnormalities in antibodies typical of MS. One newer technology set that is being utilized in addition to these methods is the Evox neurofeedback system.

This innovative and cutting-edge platform assesses neural cognitive dysfunction in patients by conducting quantitative EEG studiesor QEEG’s.These tests use visual stimuli and the patient’s response to capture the rate and speed at which information is relayed and captured by the patient observing said stimuli.

Tailored Treatment Plans: Addressing Individual Needs

At Physicians’ Choice Concierge, they understand that MS affects each patient differently. Their team of experienced physicians takes the time to understand the unique symptoms, challenges, and goals of each individual. By developing personalized treatment plans, they ensure that patients receive the care they need to manage their condition effectively.

Holistic Approach: Beyond Medical Intervention

Physicians’ Choice Concierge believes in a holistic approach to MS care. While medical interventions are essential, they recognize the importance of addressing other aspects of well-being. Their team emphasizes lifestyle modifications, including exercise, nutrition, and stress reduction techniques, to help patients optimize their overall health and improve their MS symptoms.

Accessible and Convenient Care: Putting Patients First

Accessibility and convenience are paramount at Physicians’ Choice Concierge. They prioritize building strong doctor-patient relationships, allowing for ample consultation time and prompt responses to patient inquiries. Patients can rest assured knowing that their healthcare needs are being met with personalized attention and care.

Staying at the Forefront of MS Research: Innovative Treatment Options

Physicians’ Choice Concierge stays up to date with the latest advancements in MS research and treatment options. By remaining at the forefront of medical knowledge, they can provide patients with the most innovative and evidence-based approaches to managing their condition. This commitment to ongoing education ensures that patients receive the highest quality of care available.

Empowerment and Support: Thriving with MS

Physicians’ Choice Concierge is not just focused on disease management; they aim to empower MS patients to thrive. Through their comprehensive care and compassionate approach, they provide individuals with the tools and support needed to take control of their health and lead fulfilling lives despite the challenges of MS.

With Physicians’ Choice Concierge, individuals with Multiple Sclerosis can expect personalized, comprehensive care that addresses their unique needs. Through a holistic approach, accessible services, and a commitment to staying at the forefront of MS research, they empower patients to live their best lives while managing their condition effectively.

For further information regarding EEG/QEEG and other diagnostic equipment for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis patients please call or chat with a specialist.