Dr. Hendin explains if a patient will always develop paralysis after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and shares where a patient with MS can receive information about this condition.
MS does not always cause paralysis. It is a disease, which may present differently or uniquely in any individual. So some of the neglected symptoms include fatigue, which is actually the most common symptom in MS. Sometimes some mild cognitive problems including things like difficulty multitasking, sometimes problems with incoordination or double vision or decreased vision. But again, there are many possibilities depending upon the individual. The most common is fatigue.
Patients with MS frequently are interested in more information and some of that information should come from their physician, from their MS nurse – that’s probably a good starting point. Many of my patients also go to the web and learn from the abundant information there.
The other great resource is the National MS Society local chapters, including the chapter with which I am affiliated, that is the Arizona chapter of the National MS Society, have frequent programs to try to teach patients who are newly diagnosed what this disease is, what’s available for patients with this disease. This also provides a resource for patients in trouble – economic trouble, trying to navigate the social circumstances of MS.
About Dr. Barry Hendin, M.D.:
Dr. Hendin is a graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his neurology residency at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology where he has served as an examiner for the Board for more than 30 years. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology where he had been honored as a fellow.