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Multiple Sclerosis

  • About Multiple Sclerosis

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). With MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause the nerves themselves to deteriorate or become permanently damaged.

    The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown and It isn't clear why MS develops in some people and not others. A combination of genetics and environmental factors appears to be responsible.

    Most people with MS have a relapsing-remitting disease course. They experience periods of new symptoms or relapses that develop over days or weeks and usually improve partially or completely. These relapses are followed by quiet periods of disease remission that can last months or even years.

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  • How We Can Help

    Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, progressive condition that leads to a degree of disability for all those affected by it. At EQ Virtual, we understand that although most patients with Multiple Sclerosis already have a professional support network to manage their chronic illness, the problem lies in getting immediate help when your condition changes or progresses. From the comfort of your home, regardless of the stage of the disease, we can help manage:

    • Referral to specialists for diagnosis and /or management of symptoms
    • Medication refill and delivery – no need to leave home for your prescriptions (new or existing prescriptions)
    • Coordinating and ordering of ongoing blood tests
    • Coordinate care with your current Multiple Sclerosis health care team
    • Counselling services for both the patient and loved ones, as needed

    We are not a replacement of your current health care team, but we are a resource and additional support for the times of urgent need. EQ Virtual is here for you.
  • Symptoms

    Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.

    Multiple sclerosis signs and symptoms may differ greatly from person to person and over the course of the disease depending on the location of affected nerve fibers. They may include:

    • Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs
    • Partial or complete loss of vision
    • Prolonged double vision
    • Tingling or pain in parts of your body
    • Electric-shock sensations that occur with certain neck movements
    • Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteadiness when walking
    • Slurred speech
    • Fatigue
    • Dizziness
    • Problems with bowel and bladder function

    • People with multiple sclerosis also may develop:

    • Muscle stiffness or spasms
    • Paralysis, typically in the legs
    • Problems with bladder, bowel or sexual function
    • Mental changes, such as forgetfulness or mood swings
    • Depression
    • Epilepsy
  • Treatment

    There's no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease, and manage symptoms.

    • Corticosteroids: Corticosteroids are prescribed to reduce nerve inflammation. This is especially helpful during MS attacks
    • Disease-Modifying Therapies: Various forms of medication therapy are often prescribed for relapsing-remitting MS. Aggressive treatment with these medications as early as possible can lower the relapse rate and slow the formation of new lesions. Many of the disease-modifying therapies carry significant health risks. Selecting the right therapy for you will depend on careful consideration of many factors, including duration and severity of disease, effectiveness of previous MS treatments, other health issues, cost, and childbearing status.
    • Physical therapy: A physical or occupational therapist can teach you stretching and strengthening exercises and show you how to use devices to make it easier to perform daily tasks.
    • Muscle relaxants: You may experience painful or uncontrollable muscle stiffness or spasms, particularly in your legs. Muscle relaxants may help.
    • Medications to reduce fatigue
    • Other medications: Medications also may be prescribed for depression, pain, sexual dysfunction, and bladder or bowel control problems that can occur.

    Additionally, many people with MS use a variety of alternative or complementary treatments to help manage their symptoms, such as fatigue and muscle pain. Activities such as, exercise, meditation, yoga, and acupuncture are often recommended. These practices may help boost overall mental and physical well-being. Given the individual nature of MS, the EQ Virtual doctors strongly advise speaking with a healthcare professional can help you discover the right approach to managing this complex illness.

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    BC, 2016
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    BC, 2016
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    BC, 2016

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