Multiple Sclerosis Center

We are now located at UofL Hospital - Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. To learn more visit our new webpage

Multiple sclerosis affects the central nervous system — the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms are unpredictable and can vary from person to person, depending on the area of the nervous system that is affected. The central nervous system is insulated by myelin. In individuals with MS, myelin does not protect the brain and spinal cord as it should, causing damage that can cause the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty walking
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Stiffness or muscle spasms
  • Loss of coordination
  • Weakness
  • Vision issues
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Sexual problems
  • Constipation
  • Pain
  • Depression and other emotional changes
  • Cognitive changes
  • Memory loss
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Seizures
  • Tremor
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Itching
  • Increased incidence of headaches
  • Loss of hearing

The severity and progression of the disease varies from person to person. 

Multiple sclerosis can be challenging to diagnosis. There is not a single test that determines if a person has MS. We use a number of strategies to rule out other diseases. This includes going over a patient’s medical history, performing a physical and neurological exam, an MRI and other tests. There is no cure for MS. Treatments can include medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy, symptom management and clinical trials. Since the disease and its progression vary, treatment for the disease is individualized as well.  

We encourage an overall healthy lifestyle with appropriate physical activity, nutrition and sleep. 

There are four forms of MS:

Relapsing-remitting MS

This is the most common course of the disease. It is defined as attacks that worsen neurological function. The attacks, called relapses, are followed by partial or complete remissions, meaning symptoms improve for a brief period or entirely.

Secondary-progressive MS

This occurs as the second phase of MS for many who are diagnosed. It often follows relapsing-remitting MS. The disease may begin to progress more steadily, and may or may not include relapses.

Primary-progressive MS

Characterized as steadily worsening of neurologic functioning without any relapses, primary-progressive MS is continuous. Individuals with primary-progressive MS tend to have more difficulties with everyday activities including walking.

Progressive-relapsing MS

This form of MS is progressive from the onset, and is the least common, occurring in 5 percent of people with MS. Symptoms and rate of progression are different for each person.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

To make an appointment or refer a patient to the UofL Physicians MS Center, call MS clinic coordinator Jacinta Lockard at 502-588-4826 (fax 502-588-7564).

Offices and Clinics

  • Neurology at UofL Physicians Outpatient Center
    401 E. Chestnut St.
    Suite 510
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-588-4800
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Our providers are nationally and internationally renowned in the field of neurology and research. We understand the complexities of MS and the difficulties patients face.

As faculty members and staff with the University of Louisville School of Medicine, our physicians are also researchers and are well versed in the latest treatments, as well as clinical trials.

Because the UofL Physicians Multiple Sclerosis Center is part of wide network of providers at UofL Physicians, patients also have easy access to child neurologists at UofL Physicians - Child Neurology and neuro-opthalmology specialists at UofL Physicians - Eye Specialists.

 

Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000