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Multiple Sclerosis & Autoimmune Disorders Treatment Information
Treatments for multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disorders involve medicines to slow disease progression or prevent attacks and therapies that help you manage and control symptoms.
- Diagnostic tests. We use different diagnostic tests to pinpoint your diagnosis, determine the best approach for you and monitor how your body is reacting to treatments. These can include blood work to rule out other conditions and to evaluate your spinal fluid.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Your physician will use an MRI study of your brain and spine to look for lesions of the myelin that covers your nerves and to check for changes in your spinal fluid.
- Evoked potentials studies. These studies track the electrical activity in your brain as you react to sights, sounds and touch. They detect problems with sensory function.
- Medicines. A variety of medicines and immunotherapies are available to treat multiple sclerosis attacks and symptoms.
- Maintenance medicines treat symptoms such as muscle spasms. Some can also change the way the immune system works to reduce the body’s attacks on its own nerve cells. One specific medicine is an artificial protein that mimics the protective sheath around the nerves. It may prevent the immune system from attacking the sheath.
- Corticosteroids are often given in high doses during an attack. These steroid medicines can be given intravenously or with an oral pill. Corticosteroids reduce inflammation and can shorten the length of attacks.
- New medicines are used to decrease the frequency of attacks, reduce their severity, decrease disease activity and prevent future disability. These can be weekly or monthly injections like interferon-beta, which prevents immune system cells from entering the brain and spinal cord. Oral pills treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.
- Rehabilitation. Depending on the severity of your condition and symptoms you may benefit from physical, occupational and speech therapy. Other therapies can help manage bowel and bladder incontinence.
- Psychiatry. Patients with multiple sclerosis or other autoimmune disorders often suffer from depression about their condition and prognosis. We work with you to address these feelings so you can manage your situation to the best of your abilities.
We also advance care through clinical and research studies:
- Research. Our physicians and investigators are continuously studying new medicines and treatments to improve care for those with multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disorders. We provide access to many clinical trials and the newest therapies. Our experts studied many of the drugs now available to patients. We also are searching for new immunologic markers or toxins that may be present in the blood or urine at preclinical stages of the condition.
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Multiple Sclerosis & Autoimmune Disorders Support Services
Learn more about multiple sclerosis and autoimmune disorders treatments at these websites:
A Sampling of Multiple Sclerosis & Autoimmune Disorders Support Services
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
This national group delivers extensive information online and through support groups managed by the Indiana State Chapter.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
This division of the National Institutes of Health provides online information about autoimmune disorders, their diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials.
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association
This group offers information on numerous autoimmune conditions and their treatments.
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
This organization focuses on improving the lives of those with multiple sclerosis through education, services and support.