Multiple Sclerosis Treatment in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC area
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition that affects the central nervous system. Nerves in the brain and spinal cord have a protective coating called myelin. When someone has MS, the immune system attacks the myelin, causing it to wear down and making it difficult for the brain to effectively send signals to the body. MS might affect a person’s vision, movements, and cognitive ability.
MS can be progressive (meaning neurologic functions steadily deteriorate) or relapsing-remitting (meaning the patient experiences flare-ups and periods of remission). Symptoms of MS are categorized as follows:
- Primary symptoms are caused by the destruction of myelin and can include tremors, loss of vision, numbness, and temporary paralysis. Often, the first symptom a patient notices is blurry vision and pain in one eye.
- Secondary symptoms are complications caused by primary symptoms, such as decreased bone density, loss of mobility, and bladder and bowel problems.
- Tertiary symptoms are social and psychological impacts of living with MS. For example, a patient may become depressed or struggle to maintain relationships.
Symptoms vary from patient to patient and can be unpredictable. At Regional Cancer Care Associates, we understand the challenges of dealing with MS, and we are proud to provide neurologist-ordered infusion treatment for patients with this condition in a welcoming setting. With multiple locations across New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC area, Regional Cancer Care Associates offers a convenient way to get infusion therapy close to home.
Additional Multiple Sclerosis Information
While it’s not clear what causes MS, certain risk factors are associated with an MS diagnosis, including:
- Family history: Having a family member with MS increases your risk.
- Gender: Women are more likely than men to have relapsing-remitting MS.
- Vitamin D: Low exposure to sunlight and lower levels of Vitamin D are associated with MS. For this reason, MS may be more common in countries like Canada, the US, and New Zealand.
- Race: White people of Northern European descent are at a higher risk of developing MS than people from other racial backgrounds.
- Epstein-Barr: The virus causes infectious mononucleosis and is linked to MS.
MS can be challenging to diagnose, and no one test can provide a definitive diagnosis. Your doctor will review your symptoms and do a physical exam. You may also need tests including:
- Blood work
- Spinal tap
- Imaging tests such as an MRI
- Nerve function testing
While there is no cure for MS, oral, injectable, and intravenous (IV) medications can help manage symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), drugs that slow the progression of MS and reduce flare-ups.
Your healthcare providers may also recommend lifestyle changes that can help to mitigate the symptoms of MS, including:
- Getting exercise and maintaining a healthy diet
- Using tools like counseling and meditation to manage stress
- Abstaining from smoking and alcohol
Get Treatment for MS in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC area
If you or someone you love is living with multiple sclerosis and your neurologist has prescribed an infused therapy, the team at Regional Cancer Care Associates is here to help. We are committed to providing patient-centered care with the most up-to-date infusion treatments at our clinics across New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC area. For more information, contact us today.
CONVENIENT LOCATIONS IN NEW JERSEY, CONNECTICUT, MARYLAND, AND THE WASHINGTON, DC AREA
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 844-474-6866. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest you.