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multiple sclerosis care

helping you navigate the options

A diagnosis of MS can be scary. From diagnosis through treatments and support, Aurora Health Care can help you navigate the best options if you’ve got MS.

overview

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that causes the body’s immune cells to attack the protective covering that surrounds the nerves. As the disease progresses, the nerve damage worsens, although this varies from person to person. 

Doctors aren’t sure what triggers the immune system attack, but the most common theories point to a virus, a genetic defect or a combination of both. MS affects women more than men and most commonly begins in young adulthood, between the ages of 20 and 40.

symptoms

MS symptoms are varied. While it may be true that no two people have the exact same symptoms, there are a few that are more common. These include:
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Weakness
  • Walking problems
  • Vision problems
  • Dizziness
  • Bladder or bowel problems
  • Emotional changes

diagnosis

If you’ve got symptoms that may indicate MS, your doctor will want to take a full medical history, conduct a neurologic exam and other tests, including an MRI and spinal fluid analysis.

services & treatment

If you’re diagnosed with MS, the expert neurosurgeons at Aurora will work with you to determine the best treatment options. This includes: 

  • Working with you to develop a personalized treatment plan
  • Providing education on managing symptoms and treating MS
  • Recommending lifestyle modifications to enhance health
  • Providing valuable health and community resources
  • Helping alleviate fears 

Treatment for MS involves slowing down or stopping the destruction of the material covering the nerves, which can significantly improve one’s symptoms. MS treatment plans may include IV or oral steroids, anti-cancer drugs that suppress the immune system or plasma exchange therapy (plasmapheresis).

Aurora’s Regional Multiple Sclerosis Center, located at the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is one of the nation's largest MS centers. We offer comprehensive care and believe in treating the whole patient – addressing your spiritual, physical and emotional needs, including:

  • 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/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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