Monday, June 29, 2009
Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease that affects people in their early adulthood. In todayís 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses some new treatment options for people suffering from MS.
Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative neurological disease affecting people in their twenties to fifties. The bodyís own immune system attacks the myelin sheaths surrounding the nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
As the disease progresses, patients have more difficulty walking and experience vision and bladder problems.
Treatment for MS includes aggressive physical therapy to prevent muscle weakness and spasticity. High dose steroids are used short term for disease exacerbations to reduce the inflammatory response. Early treatment with disease modifying drugs can alter the course of the disease and delay its progression. Low dose chemotherapy is used to reduce the immune response. The muscle spasticity is treated with physical therapy and drugs like Baclofen.
Depression is very common and must be treated in patients with MS. The suicide rate is seven and one-half times greater in people with MS than in the general population. New therapy is being developed every day for people suffering with MS.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.