Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. Acute MS exacerbations are often referred to as MS relapses, attacks, or flare-ups. When they occur, acute MS exacerbations may ignite new symptoms for MS sufferers or worsen their existing symptoms. Fortunately, management of symptoms is possible. Ogden Clinic neurologists and their team are trained to assist MS patients in the treatment and prevention of acute exacerbations.
No two MS exacerbations are alike. Person-to-person, and even exacerbation-to-exacerbation, symptoms can be very different. Common symptoms of acute MS exacerbations include:
Patients may experience one symptom or a combination. They may also experience symptoms not listed because MS flare-ups are quite unpredictable.
There is currently no cure for MS but strategies can help patients improve their overall function and manage the symptoms. MS exacerbation treatment has two main objectives: First to manage the present symptoms of the exacerbation, and second, to prevent further disease progression. The Ogden Clinic neurology team uses several methods to manage exacerbations. Methylprednisolone is one of a group of corticosteroids that are used to relieve inflammation in different parts of the body. Corticosteroids are very effective to help manage acute exacerbations because they have the capacity to close the damaged blood-brain barrier and reduce inflammation in the central nervous system.
One of the most widely used corticosteroid is Solu-Medrol® (methylprednisolone). Although Solu-Medrol® is among the most commonly used corticosteroids for MS patients, it’s just one of several possibilities. Dexamethazone, prednisone, betamethasone and prednisolone are other corticosteroid options. Your Ogden Clinic neurologist or neurology assistant can help choose the right option for you.