Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease where the immune system, which normally fights infection, attacks the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves instead. Even more specifically, it attacks a substance called myelin, which is an electrical sheathing around nerve cells that help nerve cells conduct signals.

MS is an unpredictable disease that affects people differently. Some people with MS may have only mild symptoms. Others may lose their ability to see clearly, write, speak, or walk when communication between the brain and other parts of the body becomes disrupted.

The cause of MS is unknown and there is no cure, but there are things patients with MS can do to help change the course of the disease, treat flare-ups, manage symptoms and improve function and mobility—and Valley’s neurologists are here to help!

Valley’s Neuroscience Institute’s neurologists provide diagnosis of MS, and the ongoing management and treatment of MS symptoms. 

DocTalk | Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS) | Sargon Bet-Shlimon, MD

In this video, Dr. Bet-Shlimon answers the following questions at the noted times:

0:17 What is multiple sclerosis (MS)?

1:01 What causes MS?

1:20 What are the signs and symptoms of MS?

2:37  How do you diagnose MS?

3:22  How is MS treated? Is there a cure?

3:55 I've heard MS is more prevalent in the Pacific Northwest, why is that?

4:43 If someone has MS, how will it impact their life?

5:23 What is an MS flare? How long does it last?

6:55 What lifestyle changes should you make if you're diagnosed with MS?

8:34 If your friend or family member has MS, how can you support them?