Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. It is one of the most common neurologic diseases in young adults. Symptoms may include weakness, numbness and tingling, visual problems, lack of coordination, bladder and bowel problems,and, frequently, severe fatigue.
The UCLA MS clinic prescribes the entire spectrum of disease modifying therapies(DMTs) available to prevent relapses, reduce inflammation and slow progression. DMTs are prescribed after a through evaluation and consideration of each patient’s individual needs, and then carefully monitored for efficacy and side effects.
Treatment is available for all symptoms of MS, including fatigue, pain, weakness, spasticity, imbalance, bladder, and bowel and sexual problems. Treatment generally utilizes both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies, and consultation with other healthcare specialists such as physical therapists.
The UCLA MS clinic educates patients on the most recent information concerning the importance of lifestyle in managing MS. This includes recommendations about diet, exercise and physical activity, supplements, and complementary and alternative therapies.