Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be diagnosed with Radiology. The use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) are types of radiology that may be used in that diagnosis!!!
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MRI scans are more detailed than CT scans but there may be other methods used in the diagnosis of MS. It is important to know that there are treatment options for MS treatment.
First, it is important to understand what MS is and what symptoms you may have. Be candid about any symptoms you may have to assist them in your diagnosis and treatment regime.
As reported by Healthline.com
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system (CNS). It’s thought to be the result of an immune system attack. MS damages myelin, the protective layer that surrounds nerve fibers. This is known as demyelination. As scar tissue, or lesions, form, it interferes with nerve signals within the CNS.
People with relapsing-remitting MS experience periods of increased disease activity followed by remissions. Progressive forms of MS cause symptoms that steadily worsen.
There are many symptoms associated with MS, depending on the location of the lesions. Severity of symptoms varies significantly from person to person.
Some common Multiple Sclerosis symptoms reported include:
- fatigue or weakness
- numbness, tingling, or strange sensations
- dizziness or vertigo
- balance and coordination problems, or unsteady gait
- visual disturbances
- cognitive changes
- bladder dysfunction
The use of MRI’s aids in monitoring the progression of the disease. When contrast dye is used with the MRI, it can detect active inflammation. It also shows whether or not there are lesions and if so are they growing. They also show if there are any dark areas (black holes) which show if there is any type of permanent damage.
Even though there is not a cure for MS, it is important to know that there are many different ways you and treat and manage your MS. Remember that most people continue to live a normal life. It can be a difficult diagnosis and each can vary in severity.
Reportedly, some of the Multiple Sclerosis treatment options may include:
- Disease-modifying drugs are designed to slow progression and lower the relapse rate.
- Corticosteroids are generally used to reduce inflammation during relapses.
- Physical therapy and exercise
- Pain relievers
- Medication to treat fatigue, muscle spasms, or other symptoms
- Complementary therapies such as meditation, relaxation techniques, or massage
Remember to stay positive and pro-active in your care. There are support groups that may assist you in coping with your diagnosis.
If you have questions be sure to ask your doctor.