Andrew Wilner, MD: Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the nervous system that affects the brain and spinal cord. It affects approximately 350,000 Americans and more than 2 million people worldwide.
Andrew Wilner, MD (cont.): Patients usually present with symptoms such as sudden loss of vision, weakness of one side, numbness, tingling, or a tremor. These are manifestations of inflammation in the brain.
Andrew Wilner, MD (cont.): Patients should immediately seek medical attention, which usually means a call to your doctor or a trip to the emergency room.
Andrew Wilner, MD: There are many medications now that have been approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Andrew Wilner, MD (cont.): And current research suggests that the sooner treatment is started, the less damage there will be to the brain, and the less disability will occur over time.
Andrew Wilner, MD (cont.): Consequently, it is important to get rapid evaluation and consideration for treatment.