Understanding Multiple Sclerosis
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Multiple Sclerosis

Have you experienced intermittent numbness or tingling in your arms and legs? Do you feel a burning or “pins and needles” sensations in other areas of your body? It important to discover the cause of these symptoms, as they could indicate the presence of multiple sclerosis (MS). This disease can go undetected, with symptoms occurring then disappearing, leading individuals to delay seeking medical help. Early detection and treatment can slow the disease process and reduce symptoms of MS. There are approximately 2.3 million cases of multiple sclerosis diagnosed worldwide, with more than 400,000 living within the United States. There are certain factors associated with individuals who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. These factors include:

  • Two to four more women are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis compared to men.
  • Caucasians of northern European ancestry are most commonly afflicted.
  • African American women are the second highest group diagnosed.
  • Individuals raised in colder environments rather than those raised in warm climates.

With the incidence of multiple sclerosis so much higher in women than men, strong evidence suggests female hormones play a huge role. This discovery was demonstrated by monitoring women diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, during pregnancy, as well as, premenopausal or menopausal women with the disease. Pregnant women, especially in the last trimester, experienced relief of symptoms with the surge of female hormones present. Women entering menopause, however, experienced an increase in symptoms related to decreased hormone levels. Many new safe and effective treatments, using Estriol and Progesterone, have been extremely successful in relieving the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

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Doctors at Holtorf Medical Group are specially trained to diagnose multiple sclerosis, providing the most advanced medical treatments producing excellent results. Please speak with your doctor or call (877) 508-1177 to speak to a patient representative.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. Considered an autoimmune disease, antibodies within the body attack the myelin sheath, intended to surround and protect the nerve cells. When this protective layer is attacked, the myelin becomes scarred and nerve fibers become damaged, disrupting the nerve impulses which travel between the brain and spinal cord. The progression or severity of this disease varies from person to person and is very unpredictable. Multiple sclerosis symptoms may be intermittent, with active symptoms occurring, followed by periods of remission. Others, however, may experience a progressive and steady decline from the start with devastating effects.

What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?

There is no clear understanding of what causes multiple sclerosis, however, evidence has shown an infectious component to be a contributing factor in the majority of cases. Infections which could play a possible role in the development of multiple sclerosis include:

  • HHV6 (Human herpesvirus)
  • EBV (Epstein-Barr virus)
  • Lyme disease
  • Mycoplasma
  • Chlamydia pneumoniae

What are the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

There are many symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis which may seem unrelated. These symptoms include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness and tingling in limbs
  • “Pins and needles” sensation in areas of the body
  • Blurred vision or double vision
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Clumsiness or lack of coordination
  • Trouble walking (loss of balance)
  • Dizziness
  • Brain fog (loss of memory)
  • Bladder problems

How is Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosed?

The use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been extremely beneficial in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, by scanning for lesions in the brain or damage to the spinal cord. The diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can be made even with absence of symptoms.

Is Treatment Right for Me?

The doctors here at Holtorf Medical Group have the most advanced and result driven treatments for multiple sclerosis. With the high occurrence of multiple sclerosis in women, indicating major hormonal influences. In conjunction with antiviral and antibiotic treatments, Estriol and Progesterone have shown to be a very significant hormonal modality, obtaining significant relief of symptoms for women.

To determine what treatment may be right for you, please consult with your doctor or call (877) 508-1177 to speak to a patient representative.