Multiple Sclerosis most often appears between the ages of 20-40, and it’s three times more common in women than men. This inflammatory autoimmune disease doesn’t have a cure, but Sudhir Aggarwal, MD, PhD, at Lower Merion Neurology PC specializes in treating multiple sclerosis, using his expertise to limit the impact of the disease and control your symptoms. If you develop symptoms like eye problems, numbness or muscle weakness, schedule an appointment online or call the office located in Paoli, Pennsylvania, and serving the larger Main Line area.
MS develops when your immune system attacks nerves in your brain and spinal cord, damaging a protective outer covering called the myelin sheath. Once the myelin sheath is damaged, the affected nerves can’t send electrical signals. As a result, your brain can’t communicate with the rest of your body.
Dr. Aggarwal at Lower Merion Neurology PC treats the three types of MS:
Relapsing-remitting MS is the initial diagnosis for about 80% of patients. In this type of MS, you go through alternating periods of symptom flare-ups and remission.
About 60-70% of patients diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS subsequently develop secondary progressive MS. When this happens, they no longer go into remission, and their MS symptoms worsen.
Primary progressive MS is the initial diagnosis for about 10-20% of patients. This diagnosis means they never go into remission, and their symptoms gradually worsen right from the start.
The Multiple Sclerosis symptoms you develop depend on the nerves affected and the extent of the damage. In most patients, the earliest symptoms affect their eyes, causing problems such as:
The symptoms that occur in the rest of the body include:
You may also experience tremors or problems with speaking, such as slurred speech.
At Lower Merion Neurology PC, Dr. Aggarwal prescribes one of the several oral and injectable medications available to treat Multiple Sclerosis. These medications have different ways of working. While some slow down the progression of MS, others reduce nerve damage, help you recover from a relapse, or relieve daily symptoms.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved more than a dozen medications that reduce the frequency and severity of MS flare-ups.
At the first sign of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms, schedule an appointment at Lower Merion Neurology PC — call the office or book an appointment online.