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Multiple Sclerosis


Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease attacking the central nervous system. The cause of the disease is unknown, and while there is currently no known cure a number of treatment options are available. The course and progression of multiple sclerosis is specific to the individual, and patients require close, personal medical attention.

If you are an individual with multiple sclerosis seeking the highest quality individualized care do not hesitate to contact the office of Susan Baker, M.D today. As one of Los Angeles’s most esteemed rheumatologists, you can be assured you are receiving the best care and treatment for your multiple sclerosis symptoms.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

As a disease of the central nervous system, multiple sclerosis affects the spinal cord, brain and optic nerves. An individual’s specific symptoms are determined by the location of the lesions within the central nervous system and present as impairments in the autonomic, sensory, motor or visual systems. Each individual affected by multiple sclerosis can present different symptoms ranging in severity and frequency. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis include:

  • Loss of sensitivity (tingling, numbness or weakness)
  • Pronounced reflexes
  • Issues with speech and swallowing
  • Muscle spasms
  • Acute or chronic pain
  • Difficulties with balance and coordination
  • Visual Problems (double vision, loss of vision)

Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

Diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can be difficult to confirm based on the initial presentation of symptoms, and typically doctors will perform further tests. Neuroimaging and laboratory analysis of cerebrospinal fluid are most commonly used to diagnose the stage and course of multiple sclerosis. While multiple sclerosis is not considered hereditary, patients are more likely to suffer from the disease if one of their close relatives is as well. Because of this, doctors will ask you about your family medical history during your first consultation. If you are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Dr. Baker will inform you of your options regarding treatment with the utmost professionalism and compassion.

Symptom Management

Although there is no known cure for multiple sclerosis, there are prescription medications that are aimed to manage the recurrence and severity of symptoms. Additionally, there are a number of treatment therapies that are proficient in helping a patient return to functioning following an episode while preventing disability and stifling new attacks.

Multiple sclerosis symptoms do not need to run your life. If you are a patient with multiple sclerosis seeking the most concerned, patient centric care in Los Angeles, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Baker for a consultation immediately.

Q: How is the central nervous system affected by multiple sclerosis?

A: The myelin sheaths that protect the nerve fibers are damaged and scarred, affecting the nerve impulses travelling to and from the brain. The interruption in communication results in symptom presentation.

Q: Are there adverse side effects to treatment?

A: As with many medications, side effects may present with treatment. Dr. Baker will consult you on unexpected effects that may arise in your treatment and consult you about symptom management.

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Multiple Sclerosis Treatment in Beverly Hills

For the most comprehensive, patient centric treatment for multiple sclerosis available, contact the Beverly Hills office of Dr. Baker today at (310) 274-7770.

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