Multiple Sclerosis Care

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that causes the body’s immune cells to attack the protective covering that surrounds the nerves (myelin sheaths). Without this protective coating, the flow of messages between nerves is disrupted within the brain, as well as the messages between the brain and the rest of the body.

Overview

Symptoms

MS affects women more than men and most commonly begins between the ages of 20 and 40. Doctors aren’t sure what causes multiple sclerosis, but most theories point to a virus, a genetic defect or a combination of both.

No two people have the exact same effects, but there are several multiple sclerosis symptoms that are widespread, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Weakness
  • Walking problems
  • Vision problems
  • Dizziness
  • Bladder or bowel problems
  • Emotional changes
  • Balance problems

Diagnosis

If you have symptoms that may indicate MS, your doctor will want to:

  • Understand your full medical history
  • Conduct a neurologic exam 
  • Perform other tests, including an MRI and spinal fluid analysis

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Treatment Options

If you’ve got a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, Aurora’s expert neurologists will work with you to determine the best way to slow or stop the destruction of your nerves’ protective coating. The right treatment can significantly reduce your symptoms and prevent them from becoming disabling. It is important to treat MS early on. Treatment options for MS may include:

  • Injectable therapies
  • Oral pills
  • IV or oral steroids
  • Anti-cancer drugs that suppress the immune system 
  • Plasma exchange therapy (plasmapheresis)
Your treatment team will also provide education on managing symptoms, recommend lifestyle modifications to enhance health, provide valuable health and community resources, and help alleviate your fears.

Aurora’s Regional Multiple Sclerosis Center

Located at the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this is one of the nation's largest MS centers. We believe in comprehensive care that treats the whole patient – your spiritual, physical and emotional needs along with your medical needs. We offer:

  • Nutrition 
  • Exercise planning
  • Physical therapy
  • Counseling for sexual or emotional issues
In addition, we can help you manage symptoms like cognitive, swallowing and speech issues; bladder or bowel difficulties; spasticity; fatigue; depression; stress; tremors and weakness.

Aurora’s Regional Multiple Sclerosis Center also offers MS support groups, seminars and patient education sessions, which are open to MS patients and their families, as well as the general public.

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