What is it?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic condition of the central nervous system, characterized by a damage on the protective sheath known as myelin, in the nerve fibers.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis include:
- Muscle spasms.
- Muscle weakness.
- Loss of coordination and balance.
- Heat sensitivity.
- Bladder incontinence.
- Sensation of pins and needles.
- Vision problems.
- Changes in memory.
- Difficulty in concentration.
What to expect?
If you are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:
- Do you need investigations to assess and evaluate your condition? If so, what preparations are needed prior to these tests?
- There is no cure for multiple sclerosis; however, medical management focuses on speeding recovery from attacks, slowing the progression of the disease and managing MS symptoms. What are your treatment options?
- With the treatment provided by your doctor, you can also ask what are the possible side effects of these medications?
- A healthy diet, quitting smoking and an active lifestyle can help improve your overall health and well-being. Which changes can you make in your lifestyle?
- Patients with MS are regularly followed-up by their health provider. How often will you need to visit your doctor?