What’s Going Around – Multiple Sclerosis

I’ll be joining cyclists riding to Austin this weekend to raise research money for this disease. It attacks the protective covering of nerves, brain, and spinal cord. “Sclerosis” refers to scarring that appears in the brain. It’s believed to be an immune reaction against the body’s own cells. Genetic factors and environmental triggers make victims more susceptible.

Signs and symptoms: Symptoms are extremely variable. Burning sensations, muscle weakness, blurred vision, difficulty with speech or swallowing and fatigue are all possible. Tremors are common. Symptoms can develop gradually, over years. The diagnosis is ultimately based on symptoms, MRI changes, and nerve conduction studies.

What to do: Consult your doctor. Keep a record of symptoms and how long they last. There is no cure, but new medications lessen the severity and frequency of relapses. It’s painstaking, but progress is being made.

Thought for the day: Right now MS must be endured. But someday we hope that it can be cured.

Support the research effort to fight Multiple Sclerosis by going online to “BP MS 150”. Donate to page for “Kyle Scarborough” or other favorite rider in the upcoming charity event. You can reach Dr. Scarborough at drscarborough@familylifemedical.com.

Author
Dr. Kyle Scarborough Dr. Kyle Scarborough is a family medicine physician at Family Life Medical in Conroe, Texas. Dr. Scarborough offers care for the entire family, including wellness exams, diabetes care, hypertension treatment, geriatric care, well woman exam, school physicals, and pre-ops and hospital follow ups.

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