Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects an average of 2.5 million people in the world, with an average of 200 new cases reported weekly in the United States. This neurological condition usually presents between the ages of 20 and 50 and more commonly develops in women than men.
If you have symptoms of concern, you should visit us at Neurology Consultants of Arizona in Scottsdale. Board-certified neurologist Luay Shayya, MD, has extensive experience in helping patients with multiple sclerosis. He can evaluate your symptoms, diagnose you accurately, and treat you effectively.
Learning about the early signs of MS can alert you sooner rather than later, and prompt you to come in and see us so you can get the successful treatment you need.
When you have MS, your immune system causes inflammation and damage to your central nervous system that consists of your spinal cord, brain, and optic nerves. As the impairment occurs, your brain signals get disrupted from sending information to your body, which causes your immune system to mistakenly attack your vital functioning organs rather than protect them.
If you recognize symptoms of MS in the beginning stages, treatment for your condition can slow its progression.
Early signs of MS
You should schedule a consultation with our team as soon as possible if you notice any symptoms of MS. Early treatment can reduce swelling and damage to your nerve cells that can cause MS to progress and worsen. Early symptoms include:
- Loss of bladder control
- Loss of cognitive function
- Chronic pain
- Stiffness in your muscles or joints
- Numbness or tingling sensations in any part of your body
- Issues with balance
- Decreased coordination
- Problems with your eyesight
- Lack of interest in sex
MS symptoms can also include the onset of depression, mood swings, or irritability. Many other symptoms exist; however, those listed here are the most common you might notice in the beginning stages of MS.
Since signs can vary from person to person, you should visit our office at Neurology Consultants of Arizona if you detect any changes in your body and emotional status. Dr. Shayya takes the time to understand what’s happening in your body and to evaluate you with a comprehensive exam.
To get an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Shayya may perform several tests to understand your condition. Tests can include:
- Vision testing to check your eyesight and look for possible eye diseases
- Neurological testing to evaluate damaged nerves and their functioning capabilities
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at your brain and spinal cord
- Spinal tap to remove fluid from your brain and spinal cord
Once you’re properly diagnosed, Dr. Shayya talks to you about your treatment options to make sure your management of MS can begin quickly.
If you have questions about changes you’ve noticed in your body, come see us at Neurology Consultants of Arizona. Dr. Shayya and our team can assess your condition and start treatment right away, so you can live a productive, healthy life.