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What Are the Four Types of Multiple Sclerosis and How Are They Treated?

Our team of medical experts at Midwest Neurology Associates knows every person is different when it comes to managing and treating the pain associated with multiple sclerosis.

In fact, did you know there are four different types of multiple sclerosis? Our facility located in Highland, IN provides MS treatment tailored specifically to each patient. We employ a broad range of board-certified physicians with expertise in areas such as Rheumatology, Neuro Psychiatry, Pain Management, Nutrition, and Physical Therapy. If you’re suffering from the crippling effects of MS and reside in Dyer, Highland, Merrillville, Schererville, Crown Point, or Munster, IN, we can devise a treatment plan just for you.

Below we’ve detailed the four different types of multiple sclerosis and different treatment options for the various type of MS.

Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS): This is the most common form of MS with about 85% of people diagnosed. Individuals with RRMS go through periods of attacks, flares, and relapses. Attack periods are then followed by a remission period, where symptoms are markedly less severe.

Secondary-progressive MS (SPMS): Most people who have RRMS will eventually develop secondary-progressive MS. As the disease progresses, individuals will experience severe attacks and may or may not have relapse periods.

Treatments for MS attacks (RRMS and SPMS)

  • Corticosteroids: Can slow down the progression of MS and reduce the frequency of attacks or relapses
  • Plasma exchange: Plasma, the liquid portion of blood, is separated from your blood cells. Once blood cells are mixed with a protein solution, it’s placed back into the body. Plasma exchange helps if your symptoms are severe, new, or if steroids have not worked.

Primary-progressive MS (PPMS): Only about 10-15% of people with MS are diagnosed with PPMS. Symptoms gradually get worse over time, and there are no remission or relapse periods.

Progressive-relapsing MS (PRMS): The least common of all four types, less than 10% of the population has this type of MS. There are acute relapses, but overall the disease steadily declines.

Treatments for PPMS and PRMS

  • As of right now, there are no therapies proven to slow down MS progression. Physical therapy would be beneficial to those wishing to control their symptoms.

Midwest Neurology knows how important it is to match the right treatments to the correct multiple sclerosis diagnosis. If you live in the Merrillville, IN area and are seeking MS treatment, look no further than the experts at Midwest Neurology Associates. Please visit our website for a more detailed list of the services we offer – or give us a call at 219-200-4676 to schedule a free consultation today!