Multiple Sclerosis Specialist

Jacinto Medical Group

Family Practice & Neurologists located in Baytown, TX & La Porte, TX

The highly qualified team of neurologists at Jacinto Medical Group’s neurology department provides comprehensive care for a wide range of adult neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis. For expert care and treatment of multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders, call the office in Baytown, Texas, or schedule an appointment online today.

Multiple Sclerosis

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects your central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord. When you have MS, your immune system attacks and destroys the protective covering of your nerve cells, called the myelin sheath.

The myelin sheath is similar to the insulation coating on electrical wires. When this coating becomes damaged, the nerve fiber is exposed. This causes messages that your nerve cells relay to move more slowly or become blocked.

What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary depending on the location of the damaged nerve fibers. Common MS symptoms include:

  • Vision problems, such as blurred or double vision
  • Muscle weakness and fatigue
  • Tremors, spasms, or seizures
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Electric shock sensations
  • Difficulty thinking or remembering

It’s common for symptoms of MS to come and go through periods of remission and relapse. Relapses can last for days, weeks, even months.

How do you diagnose multiple sclerosis?

First, the expert neurologists at Jacinto Medical Group thoroughly review your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. They can also order tests, such as:

  • Blood tests
  • Spinal tap (lumbar puncture)
  • MRI brain imaging
  • Evoked potential tests

Like many neurological disorders, MS can be difficult to diagnose. Since there’s no single test to confirm the disease, your neurologist at Jacinto Medical Group performs multiple tests to rule out other conditions.

How do you treat multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis isn’t curable, and since the exact cause of this disease is unknown, it cannot be prevented, either. However, the team of neurologists at Jacinto Medical Group develop a treatment plan to help you manage the symptoms of MS.

Depending on your particular needs, MS treatment can include:

  • Medications to relieve specific symptoms, such as pain
  • Physical therapy to help with movement and balance
  • Occupational therapy to help you adapt to activities
  • Speech therapy to help with speaking and swallowing

They can also counsel you on lifestyle changes to improve your overall health and quality of life. Lifestyle habits that can benefit MS include eating a nutritious diet, getting plenty of rest, and exercising as long as your physician says it’s alright.

For dependable diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis, call the expert team at Jacinto Medical Group or book an appointment online today.