It is normal to have questions and concerns if you have multiple sclerosis, or MS. This autoimmune disease causes your body’s immune system to destroy myelin, a fatty substance that protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. Over time, nerve exposure and damage can lead to muscle weakness, vision loss, tremors, slurred speech and shock-like sensations.
Our multiple sclerosis experts at MUSC Health ensure that you receive the proper diagnosis and care. We help you maintain maximum independence through a variety of therapies.
When you come to MUSC Health for multiple sclerosis care and treatment, you benefit from:
There is no definitive test for MS. It is not uncommon for people who come to our MS Clinic to learn that they have a different disorder and not MS. A precise diagnosis is the first step to creating your treatment plan. Learn more about multiple sclerosis.
At MUSC Health, our doctors use the latest diagnostic tools to ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis. Advanced diagnostic services at MUSC Health include:
MS can inflame optic nerves and cause blurred vision, blindness or dark spots. Optical coherence testing, or OCT, is an innovative, painless imaging tool that enables our doctors to view the retinal nerve at the back of the eye. Fiber layers on the retinal nerves tend to look different in people who have MS even when there is no history of vision problems.
To check for MS and other conditions, you will undergo a visual evoked potentials test in our highly accredited neurophysiology lab. This test checks for impaired transmission along the optic nerve pathways. Learn more about sensory evoked potentials studies.
This scan of the brain and spinal cord reveals lesions on the central nervous system that may indicate MS. MRIs can aid the diagnosis of MS and track disease progression.
Cerebrospinal fluid is a clear liquid that bathes the spinal cord and brain. People with MS may have elevated levels of antibodies and proteins in this fluid. During a lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, your doctor numbs your lower back with an anesthetic and removes a small amount of fluid for testing. This test helps rule out infections and other conditions that mimic MS.
Although MS is not curable, certain medications and therapies can alleviate symptoms, slow disease progression and help you maintain independence. Our comprehensive MS Clinic offers more treatment options than any other medical center in South Carolina.
MS therapies at MUSC Health include:
To learn more about the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at MUSC Health or to schedule an appointment, please call 843-792-3223.
The Multiple Sclerosis team sees patients in both Rutledge Tower in downtown Charleston and in Mount Pleasant, SC.
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
East Cooper Medical Pavilion
1600 Midtown Avenue, 2nd Floor
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464