At Paragon, we partner with neurologists from all over the nation to treat patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). We offer a holistic approach to our treatment protocol that focuses on treating the person, not just the disease. Not only is our goal to manage symptoms, but to also better control the severity and duration of potential relapsing-remitting episodes. Our team works directly with the patient, their family, neurologist, physicians, and caregivers to develop a care plan that addresses medication management, exercise, diet, depression oversight, and more.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Oftentimes, MS can be challenging to diagnose in a person since many of the symptoms overlap with other health conditions. A neurologist (a doctor that specializes in treating diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and muscles) may run a few different tests to determine if the brain and spinal cord are working correctly. These tests can help rule out possible causes for the symptoms. The official diagnosis of MS ultimately requires evidence of at least two areas of damage in the central nervous system and proof that the damage occurred at different points in time. Receiving a proper diagnosis with any health condition is critical to developing a proper care plan to manage and treat the disease.
How Many People Have MS?
MS impacts all people groups regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. Many individuals tend to be diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, and women are diagnosed more frequently than men. A 2017 study reported that close to 1 million people in the United States are living with MS. This is double what the previously accepted figures on MS prevalence in the U.S. were.
What Are the Symptoms of MS?
Each person’s experience with MS is different. They may have different challenges or symptoms. Our goal is to help our patients overcome the challenges they face and help them adhere to the treatment plan outlined by their neurologist. Some of the warning signs of MS may include:
- Sudden decrease in, blurred, or double vision
- Numbness or tingling in body or limbs
- Changes in balance or coordination
- Weakness in arms or legs
- Heat sensitivity
What Therapies Are Available to Treat MS?
As a Specialty Pharmacy, we provide injectable and infusible drugs to patients with a wide range of health conditions and disease states. For patients diagnosed with MS, we offer the latest, FDA-approved therapies that can be administered in one of our infusion centers or in the home setting. When we receive a medication and supply order, we move swiftly to ensure the patient receives everything they need in a timely manner.
If you or a loved one are seeking a healthcare company that puts people first, tell your provider that you want to join the Paragon family. We treat a wide range of conditions that fall under dermatology, gastroenterology, immunology, hepatology, rheumatology, and more. Some of the most common conditions that we treat include multiple sclerosis (MS), Crohn's Disease, primary immune deficiency, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Contact us today and learn more through our Paragon Specialty page.
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation - https://msfocus.org/
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America - https://mymsaa.org/
National Multiple Sclerosis Society - https://www.nationalmssociety.org/
Multiple Sclerosis International Federation - https://www.msif.org/
The MS Coalition - https://ms-coalition.org/