Alternative Treatment for MS (Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM for MS)

  • Medical Author:
    Danette C. Taylor, DO, MS, FACN

    Dr. Taylor has a passion for treating patients as individuals. In practice since 1994, she has a wide range of experience in treating patients with many types of movement disorders and dementias. In addition to patient care, she is actively involved in the training of residents and medical students, and has been both primary and secondary investigator in numerous research studies through the years. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine (Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology). She graduated with a BS degree from Alma College, and an MS (biomechanics) from Michigan State University. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her internship and residency were completed at Botsford General Hospital. Additionally, she completed a fellowship in movement disorders with Dr. Peter LeWitt. She has been named a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists. She is board-certified in neurology by the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. She has authored several articles and lectured extensively; she continues to write questions for two national medical boards. Dr. Taylor is a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MSAC) of the Alzheimer's Association of Michigan, and is a reviewer for the journal Clinical Neuropharmacology.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

The Effects of Multiple Sclerosis

What are the symptoms of MS?

The specific symptom seen in MS is related to the area of injury in the brain or spinal cord. Examples of symptoms of MS include:

  • a numbness, burning ors tingling feeling, or weakness in certain areas of the body; the weakness might be mild or severe enough to cause paralysis of one side of the body;
  • bladder and bowel symptoms such as incontinence, difficulty in starting to urinate, a strong and/or frequent urge to urinate, even loss of control of the bladder or an inability to empty the bladder;
  • eye problems such as eye discomfort, double vision, uncontrollable eye movements, optic neuritis, and vision loss;
  • difficulty moving the arms or legs, difficulty walking, or problems with coordination and fine motor skills;
  • sexual problems in men and a vaginal dryness (decrease in vaginal lubrication in women);
  • Nerve and brain problems such as dizziness, depression, memory loss, balance problems, poor judgment, and memory loss; and
  • as MS progresses, some patients are left with muscle spasticity, which is an involuntary painful contraction of some muscles.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/27/2015
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