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Multiple Sclerosis Specialist

Michael Hutchinson, MD -  - Neurologist

New York Core Neuroscience

Michael Hutchinson, MD

Neurologist located in New York, NY

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often frustrating disease that requires careful medical management. Neurologist Michael Hutchinson, MD, PhD offers care and management of multiple sclerosis at New York Core Neuroscience for patients in New York, New York.

Multiple Sclerosis Q & A

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic nervous system disease. It results when the immune system mistakenly attacks the nerves as if they were a chemical or bacterial invader. The attack is focused on myelin, a fatty material which wraps around nerve fibers to protect them. Once the myelin is destroyed, the nerve underneath becomes damaged. Scar tissue forms, which affects the nerves' ability to send signals, causing a wide variety of nervous system problems.

What Are the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

Symptoms vary in multiple sclerosis, although all involve the nervous system. Most patients have musculoskeletal symptoms like trouble walking or problems with motor control, muscle weakness or spasms, and numbness and tingling. Fatigue, pain, and depression can result, and patients may have problems with mental focus or concentration. Other symptoms include blurred or double vision, sexual problems, and trouble with bladder or bowel control. Symptoms usually begin between the age of 20 and 40, and patients may have periods of remission when there are no symptoms.

What Are the Risk Factors and Causes in Multiple Sclerosis?

Scientists don't know what causes multiple sclerosis. There may be a genetic link, as the presence of certain genes seems to increase risk. Smoking may also raise the risk. Viral infections may trigger the original symptoms and are known to cause relapses, but the connection remains unclear. Vitamin D may have something to do with multiple sclerosis, as some research indicates that higher levels of vitamin D and sunlight exposure may protect susceptible people from the disease.

How Is Multiple Sclerosis Treated?

Multiple sclerosis can't be cured, so treatment is focused on symptom management and supportive care. Medications may slow the progression of multiple sclerosis, help prevent nerve damage, or deal with the effects of nerve damage. Steroid medications can make MS attacks less severe or shorter, and other medications can help with symptoms like muscle spasms. Physical therapy can strengthen muscles and help manage fatigue and pain. Patients may also need to make lifestyle changes to manage stress and improve their emotional health.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Our medical practice works closely with numerous insurance carriers to ensure that our patients get the care that they need and deserve. If you have any questions or do not see your insurance carrier listed, please contact our office directly. We now accept Oscar Commercial Insurance, and effective as of October 1st, Dr. Hutchinson is in-network with HIP Medicare Advantage and HIP commercial plans.

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