Multiple sclerosis is demylinating disorder of the central nervous system. It is due to breakage in the myelin sheath, a thin sheath covering the axons ( the stems ) of the neuron ( the nerve cell). The cause of this debilitating disease is not yet known although there are various theories to it. The manifestations of this disease are varied, for instance a patient may present only with visual impairment (demylination of the optic nerve), or the person may present with weakness of his limbs, imbalance, dizzy spells, various sensory symptoms, headaches, shooting pain in the spine. The symptoms depend on the site of the lesion or the damage.
It is diagnosed by the symptomatology, MRI findings, CSF (spinal fluid) analysis and VER (visual evoked response).
There are several modes of treatments available but there is no cure as of now. For instance steroids, interferons, copolymer are a few which are being extensively tried.
However stem cells therapy has been approved by the FDA and has shown dramatic results.
We have had several cases treated at Plexus who have gone back home walking with a significant reduction in the lesion load ( the number of damaged areas).