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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. The central nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. In MS, the body attacks myelin, the protective substance coating millions of nerve fibers. When the myelin or nerve fiber is damaged, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted.

The symptoms of MS are variable and unpredictable. They can be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. Problems with fatigue, bladder, bowel control or sexual function are common. The progression and severity of MS varies from person to person.

Our multiple sclerosis program is led by Revere (Rip) Kinkel, MD, an internationally recognized neurologist. The program’s top priority is the people it serves. People diagnosed with MS and their families face years of many unknowns. Loss of cognition or vision, reduced mobility and emotional changes, among many other symptoms, can become life-altering, multidimensional challenges. In response to these challenges, the multiple sclerosis program works as a multidisciplinary team with physical therapists, psychiatrists, mobility experts and others to provide complete care for people with MS. 

Research

People with MS have access through the program to leading-edge research in the development of new therapies. Current research includes a placebo-controlled clinical study of the effectiveness of marijuana to relieve the muscle pain and rigidity associated with MS. Find out more about our research and clinical trials, and how you can participate. 

Contact Us

For information or an appointment, call 619-543-3500.

 

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Multiple Sclerosis Locations

Hillcrest

La Jolla

Multiple Sclerosis Specialists

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Online Resources

Whether you're newly diagnosed or have been living with MS for years, resources from the MS community can help. Learn about the latest research, support and direct services available:

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