Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects your central nervous system – the brain, spine and optic nerves. When you have MS, your body’s immune system attacks nerve fibers, which are similar to electrical wiring. When this wiring is damaged, your brain cannot properly deliver messages to the rest of your body. This is why the disease can affect your entire body, from memory issues and fatigue to the ability to walk or see.
The disease varies in its severity; the mild cases sometimes go undetected while more severe MS may reduce longevity. There are four general “disease courses” that many patients go through. Knowing which course or type of MS you have can help you receive the right type of care.
- Relapsing-Remitting - you experience spans of time where symptoms may be light or you may not experience symptoms at all. Later, you may get “flare-ups” or strong symptoms for a span of time lasting from days to weeks.
- Secondary-Progressive - your symptoms get progressively worse without any periods of remission.
- Primary-Progressive - you do not have any distinct periods of remission.
- Progressive-Relapsing - you may progressively get worse, but also has periods of time when your symptoms suddenly worsen.
The causes of MS are not yet known but scientists theorize that it is the result of a virus or autoimmune condition in which the body becomes allergic to itself.
Why Choose UHealth?
Your partner in helping you treat and manage your MS. Our Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence is dedicated to providing the best in diagnostic tools and comprehensive care to our patients. We are not just a team of neurologists – we believe in providing our patients with a multi-disciplinary approach through highly specialized, expert care from our:
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Speech therapies
- Social workers
Center for comprehensive MS care. The Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence is a National MS Society of South Florida affiliated program which offers services in a state-of-the-art clinic. Patients are seen by one of five MS neurologists by appointment. We offer access to a full array of medical, psycho-social and rehabilitation services delivered in a coordinated fashion where providers share common goals for patient outcomes.
State-of-the-art facilities. You will have access to better diagnostic tools to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment to help reduce long-term disability. At our infusion lab, you can receive intravenous drug therapy and neurological imaging that uses MRI to track the disease.
Our commitment to our patients. We are focused on your specific needs. That is why we insist on doing everything possible to establish and enhance a strong quality of life for our MS patients and their families.
Education and empowerment. We empower our patients and their families to learn about and take charge of their treatment by educating themselves. We provide extensive resources for effectively managing MS and its symptoms and we encourage our patients to live life to the fullest, including working and remaining active in their communities.