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Multiple Sclerosis Specialist

eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC

Adult & Pediatric Neurology Specialists located in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Hudson, and Rhinebeck, NY

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that affects your central nervous system, and it may eventually become debilitating. For those in and around Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Hudson, and Rhinebeck, New York, the team at eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC offers top-quality diagnostic and treatment services for multiple sclerosis. That process begins by booking your initial appointment online or over the phone.

Multiple Sclerosis Q&A

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a disease in which your immune system mistakenly attacks the thin coating of myelin that covers your nerve fibers. Once that sheath is compromised, a wide range of problems can develop in the communication between your body and your brain. 

Researchers are uncertain of the exact cause of multiple sclerosis. It’s believed that a combination of genetic factors and environmental factors are to blame. 

It’s impossible to predict how multiple sclerosis will impact an individual. Some people are able to thrive and experience relatively mild symptoms, while others see their symptoms progress until they’re debilitating. 

There are three primary types of multiple sclerosis, categorized according to how symptoms occur. 

Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis has symptoms that come and go over time. In primary progressive multiple sclerosis, symptoms occur and then progressively worsen. In secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, symptoms will come and go in the early years, then progressively worsen over time. 

How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

Your specialist uses several tools to diagnose multiple sclerosis. The first step is a discussion of your symptoms. 

Potential signs of multiple sclerosis include:

  • Sensations of weakness or numbness in your limbs or trunk
  • Prolonged double vision
  • Tremor or unsteady gait
  • Sensations of mild electric shock in the neck
  • Dizziness
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Fatigue

As you can see, many of these symptoms are also common with other diseases. It’s important to work with a skilled neurologist to reach a proper diagnosis on the cause of your symptoms. 

Additional diagnostic options include blood testing, a spinal tap, or MRI, which shows the presence of lesions on areas of your spinal cord and brain. 

How is multiple sclerosis treated?

There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, but treatment can help manage symptoms. Corticosteroid medications can help by reducing inflammation and nerve irritation. Disease-modifying drugs can help by altering the way your body responds to multiple sclerosis. These may be oral, injectable, or infused medications.

At eRiver Neurology of NY, LLC, an on-site infusion center gives you the option of having your treatments in a comfortable setting. Comprehensive safety measures reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 or any other infectious disease. 

Infusions blend medication with a sterile saline solution. Because infusions are performed intravenously, the medications enter your bloodstream immediately.

Learn more about your diagnostic and treatment options during a personalized consultation. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call to speak with a friendly staff member regarding appointment availability. 

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