Almost one million people in the United States have multiple sclerosis, a progressive condition that affects the nerves in your body. At Chandler Neurology and Sleep Disorders Associates, PC, Dr. Mohammad Khan has extensive experience helping patients in the Chandler, Arizona, area manage and slow down the disease, allowing them to lead happy, active lives long into the future. For expert management of your multiple sclerosis, call or request an appointment by filling out the online form.request an appointment
What is multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects your brain and your central nervous system. MS is a demyelinating disorder where your immune system attacks the protective sheaths (your myelin) that surround your nerves. As a result, the communication back and forth between your brain is hampered due to the damage along your nervous system.
MS typically strikes between the ages of 20 and 50 and affects about twice as many women as men.
MS comes on in episodes with remissions in between, which can last for months or years. The disease is hard to predict because of its relapsing-remitting nature, but there are new treatments that help sufferers better manage active episodes by reducing their length and severity.
What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?
MS is a moving target, coming and going without any real rhyme or reason. When it’s active, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Numbness or weakness in your extremities, typically your legs
- Vision problems, including loss of vision and double vision
- Slurred speech
- Electric shock sensations when you move your neck
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to have Dr. Khan take a look so he can perform a full evaluation to see whether MS is involved.
There’s no single test to determine whether you have MS, which is why a neurological expert such as Dr. Khan is so beneficial. Through his in-depth understanding of your nervous system and a broad range of tests, he’s able to identify, or rule out, MS.
What are the treatments for multiple sclerosis?
Since there’s no known cause of MS, there’s no cure for the disease. Still, Dr. Khan has a number of tools that he can use to treat your attacks, shorten your episodes, and slow down the progression of the disease.
After thoroughly assessing your unique situation, Dr. Khan comes up with an appropriate treatment that allows you the best quality of life possible.
To learn more about managing your MS for long-term success, call Chandler Neurology and Sleep Disorders Associates, PC, or request an appointment using the online scheduler.