Neurological Services

Multiple Sclerosis

Over the years with the assistance of various public health initiatives led by various NGOs there has been an increased awareness and detection rate of Multiple Sclerosis in the Caribbean.

MS is a demyelinating illness, that is, the immune system attacks the myelin sheets which act as a protective coating around nerve fibres in the Central Nervous System (CNS) which consists of the Brain, Spinal Cord and Optic Nerves.

MS is quite diverse in its presentation with some patients having mild symptoms while some others having debilitating symptoms such as paralysis/visual loss and difficulties in coordination. It is the most common central nervous system autoimmune condition in patients aged 20-40 years.


What You Need To Know

The best way to treat MS is to first confirm the diagnosis of MS. Once this diagnosis has been achieved the goals of treatment are to recover from the neurological symptoms of the disease and then to prevent further relapses. It is useful to enlist rehabilitation services such as Physical and Occupational Therapy as well as a discussion on Disease Modifying Therapies (DMTs) available locally. While some DMTs are available in tablet form, some require admission to day-units/hospitals for administration as an infusion through a vein in your hand.
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