If you’re one of the more than a million Americans living with multiple sclerosis, pain management treatments can limit discomfort, improve your mobility, and encourage a better overall quality of life. At Pain Medicine Inc in Lakeland, Florida, triple board-certified pain management specialist Saqib Khan, MD, works with adult patients who have multiple sclerosis to develop custom care plans. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic illness that negatively affects your central nervous system. It causes your immune system to attack the myelin sheath, a protective coating that surrounds your nerves. Multiple sclerosis causes communication problems between your brain and body. When left untreated, it can also cause permanent nerve damage and disability.
The symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary and depend on the location of affected nerve fibers. Common indications include:
As multiple sclerosis progresses, you might also experience bowel and bladder problems or sexual dysfunction.
Multiple sclerosis affects people of all ages, races, and genders, but certain factors may increase your risk, including:
Vitamin D deficiency may also play a role. People with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to experience multiple sclerosis.
No one test can diagnose multiple sclerosis. Instead, at Pain Medicine Inc, Dr. Khan uses several different screening measures to rule out other potential problems.
During your initial consultation, he conducts a physical and neurological exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. Afterward, he orders laboratory tests to check for specific biomarkers. If blood work doesn’t provide enough information, he might recommend a spinal tap or MRI.
A spinal tap involves Dr. Khan taking a small sample of your spinal fluid. He observes the sample under a microscope to look for abnormalities in your antibodies. An MRI takes pictures of your brain, which can reveal MS lesions.
There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis, but with early intervention, it’s possible to slow the progression of the disease and better manage your symptoms. In the early stages of treatment, you might benefit from corticosteroid injections or plasma exchange.
If your symptoms get worse, you might benefit from an intrathecal baclofen pump. An intrathecal baclofen pump is an implantable device that releases a medication called baclofen into the fluid surrounding your spinal cord. The medication prevents severe spasticity, improving your mobility and quality of life.
Don’t let multiple sclerosis prevent you from work or other activities. To schedule an appointment at Pain Medicine Inc, call the office or book a consultation online today.