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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis has no cure but many treatments

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, occurs when the body’s immune system— for reasons unknown—begins to destroy myelin, a fatty tissue that surrounds and protects nerve fibers. Over time, this destruction leads to scar tissue that prevents nerves from transmitting electrical signals from the brain to muscles and tissues. MS can cause different levels of disability depending on how severe the disease is and how it is managed. 

Unlike many neurological conditions that are more likely to start late in life, MS is a chronic, progressive disease that most often begins between 20-40 years of age and impacts women more often than men.

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Treating multiple sclerosis

 

As an autoimmune disorder, MS typically gets worse over time. It attacks the body off and on for years, doing further damage and causing more severe symptoms. Baylor Scott & White Health has neurologists on staff that specialize in treating MS. They can offer a wide range of treatment options that can slow the progression of reoccurring attacks and help the body recover after an attack.  

Treatment plans may include:

  • Medication
  • Assistive technology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Clinical trials (when appropriate)

MS leads to new outlet

Elizabeth Jameson uses her MS as a form of communication, tranforming her MRI brain scans into incredible works of art

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