Earlier diagnosis is helpful for multiple sclerosis.
Mike Powers had been feeling dizzy for weeks, but he didn’t go to a doctor until he started seeing double and had a sharp pain in one of his ears. Suspecting that he had an ear infection, he visited an ear and nose specialist—but the doctor couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Powers then went to see a neurologist, who ordered an MRI and warned him that he might have multiple sclerosis (MS).
The doctor’s suspicions were correct. Powers (not his real name) was diagnosed with MS—an inflammatory autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system abruptly attacks the nervous system, disrupting the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Symptoms include weakness, numbness, loss of vision, fatigue and poor balance. MS often progresses rapidly, and since early treatment of the disease is essential to prevent scarring of brain tissue and permanent brain damage, it’s important for people with symptoms of the disease to see a neurologist quickly for diagnosis and to start treatment.
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