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Multiple Sclerosis Specialist

Loudoun Neurology Associates

Parminder Chawla, MD

Neurologist located in Leesburg, VA

If you’re plagued with unexplained muscle weakness or tingling in your limbs, you may have multiple sclerosis. If you’re at risk for this sometimes debilitating disease, seek a diagnosis at Loudoun Neurology Associates as soon as possible. Parminder Chawla, MD, is an extensively-trained neurologist serving the area of Leesburg, Virginia, who has 20 years of experience treating neurological diseases and conditions. Don’t wait to find help. Call Dr. Chawla’s office today to schedule your initial consultation or book your appointment online.

Multiple Sclerosis Q & A

What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) causes a variety of symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of MS include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Visual disturbances
  • Coordination balance, or gait issues
  • Numbness, tingling, or prickling sensations
  • Memory problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Issues with bladder and bowel function

While MS symptoms are often mild, they can become so severe they impact your ability to walk or talk.

In most cases, MS cycles through active and remission phases. An onset of symptoms occur and may last for a few days or weeks. Then they subside, and the disease goes into remission. As it progresses, the period between MS relapses may shorten until the symptoms are almost always present.

What causes multiple sclerosis?

A disease of the nervous system, MS impacts the brain and spinal cord by damaging the myelin sheath, the protection that surrounds your nerve cells. That affects your nervous system’s communication, slowing down and even blocking messages between the brain and body. Over time, MS can cause permanent nerve damage.

Classified as an autoimmune disease, the cause of MS is unknown. Research has indicated specific risk factors, including:

  • A family history of MS
  • Certain infections
  • Northern European ancestry
  • Thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes, or inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cigarette smoking

What treatments are available for multiple sclerosis?

Although MS is a chronic condition and doesn’t have a cure, treatment from Dr. Chawla can help reduce your symptoms, slow disease progression, and improve your recovery rate after an MS flare-up.

Through comprehensive care, he works hand in hand with your primary care physician and other specialists you may see to provide the optimal treatment.

Dr. Chawla improves your symptoms and slows the disease’s natural progression with disease-modification therapies. These innovative medications and treatments can reduce:

  • MS relapses
  • Development of new lesions
  • Risk of disability

There are currently 15 FDA-approved disease-modifying treatments available for MS, including oral medications, injectable therapies, and infused treatments.

If you’re starting to notice the signs of MS, seek out help before permanent damage occurs. Call Loudoun Neurology Associates today to schedule your appointment or book online.