Multiple Sclerosis Clinic

Neurologists at the University of Chicago Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Clinic are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). We have a distinguished record of providing definitive diagnoses and comprehensive treatments to help patients manage their symptoms and limit flare-ups. Our multidisciplinary team collaborates to determine the best treatment for each individual patient.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. While the exact cause is not known, scientists do know that MS causes a person's white blood cells to attack their myelin (a fatty substance that insulates nerve fibers), damaging the nerve impulses that travel to and from the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms -- often unpredictable and erratic -- range from mild to severe and vary by patient.

Some common symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Numbness
  • Spasticity
  • Progressive leg weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Problems with bowel, bladder and sexual function
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Experience and Expertise

Due to the complex and varying nature of MS, experience in treating and researching the disease is a key to determining the best treatments. Neurologists at the University of Chicago Medicine have a long history of expert clinical care and research in multiple sclerosis. Here, the physicians who treat multiple sclerosis patients are the same ones who research the causes and mechanisms of MS, develop effective treatments for the disease, and proactively search for a cure.

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Video

View videos of Jacqueline Bernard, MD, talking about the genetic and environmental factors that can lead to multiple sclerosis, the tools currently used to diagnose MS, and the unique characteristics of the University of Chicago Multiple Sclerosis Clinic.

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