Multiple Sclerosis (MS) (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Your risk for multiple sclerosis (MS) increases with:
When To Call a Doctor
Some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) are similar to those of many other illnesses. See your doctor if over a period of time you have more than one symptom, such as:
If you have been diagnosed with MS, see your doctor if:
Milder MS-type symptoms can be caused by many other conditions or may occur now and then in healthy people. For example, lots of people have minor numbness in their fingers or a mild dizzy spell once in a while. Stiffness and muscle weakness can result from being more active than usual. Watchful waiting is appropriate for these types of everyday aches and pains, so long as they do not continue.
If your symptoms occur more often or don't go away, talk to your doctor.
For people with MS
Talk to your doctor about what to expect from the disease and from treatment. MS is an unpredictable disease, but you probably can get some idea of what is "normal" and what symptoms or problems are reasons for concern.
Some people who have MS want active, regular support from their doctors. Others want to manage their condition on their own as much as possible. Wherever you are in this range, find out which signs or symptoms mean that you need to see your doctor. And seek help when you need it.
Who to see
Health professionals who may be involved in evaluating symptoms of MS and treating the condition include:
Many university medical centers and large hospitals have MS clinics or centers staffed by neurologists and other health professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating MS. They may be able to provide the most thorough evaluation.
If you have been diagnosed with MS, at some point you may need to seek the help of:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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