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  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) hinders communication between the brain and the rest of the body, eating away at the protective cells that cover nerves, according to the Mayo Clinic. MS is degenerative and can be debilitating.

    Symptoms

    Symptoms of MS include weakness or numbness in the limbs, loss of vision, dizziness, fatigue and tremors.

    Costicosteroids

    Costicosteroids, such as intravenous methylprednisolone and oral prednisone, reduce inflammation associated with MS.

    Interferons

    Interferons slow the progression of MS symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, though these drugs can be helpful they can cause liver damage.

    Therapy

    MS patients sometimes undergo therapy that includes stretching and strengthening exercises, which help them learn to work around symptoms to complete everyday tasks.

    Plasma Exchange

    Plasma exchange is sometimes performed on patients who do not respond to steroids. These infusions of new plasma can help combat severe symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic.

    Source:

    Mayoclinic.com: Multiple Sclerosis Treatments and Drugs

    More Information:

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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