About 1 million people in the United States live with multiple sclerosis, twice as many as originally thought. This potentially disabling disease can cause a range of symptoms, including various types of pain. Ricardo Leano, MD, at Palm Beach Pain, LLC, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is a pain management expert who specializes in the treatment of multiple sclerosis pain. For an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the brain and spinal cord. With multiple sclerosis, your immune system attacks the sheath that covers your nerve fibers, referred to as the myelin, which affects communication between your brain and body. Over time, the disease severely damages or destroys the nerves.
Researchers aren’t certain what triggers multiple sclerosis, but it’s more commonly seen in women than men. You may be at greater risk of developing the disease if it runs in your family.
Currently, there’s no cure for multiple sclerosis, but there are effective treatments that can help you manage your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.
Multiple sclerosis symptoms vary in both type and severity from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms include:
There’s no specific test for diagnosing multiple sclerosis, and your doctor may need to rule out other causes of your symptoms before confirming a diagnosis.
For many people with multiple sclerosis, pain is a significant symptom. There are two primary types of pain, including:
Neurogenic pain refers to the pain that results from the damage to your nerves. Neurogenic pain may cause you to experience a burning or tingling sensation, as well as muscle spasms and spasticity. Headaches, shooting pains in the eye (optic neuritis), and sharp facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia) are also neurogenic pain sensations.
Nociceptive pain refers to the pain you experience due to the damage your disease has done to your body. This may include muscle or joint pain.
Treatment for your pain may depend on the type of pain you have.
The pain management specialists at Palm Beach Pain, LLC, develop a personalized treatment plan for your multiple sclerosis pain based on the type of pain you’re experiencing and your overall health. The goal of your treatment is to alleviate or reduce your pain to tolerable levels so you can regain your mobility and independence.
Your pain management treatments may include:
Your provider may also suggest a peripheral nerve stimulator, which is a device placed near your peripheral nerves that sends an electric signal that alters the pain signals to reduce discomfort.
The pain management specialists at Palm Beach Pain, LLC, work closely with you to find the best combination of treatments to help you get relief from your multiple sclerosis pain.
To schedule an appointment with a caring and compassionate physician, call Palm Beach Pain, LLC, or request an appointment online.