The Edward MS Clinic
Over the last decade we've seen a number of new drugs and treatments introduced to relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and slow its progression. The Edward MS Clinic in Warrenville, which is part of the Edward Neurosciences Institute, offers expertise in finding the right combination of conventional and state-of-the art treatments for each patient.
What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
MS is believed to be an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the lining of the nerves. This damage causes scarring that blocks signals the brain is trying to send the body -- about how or when to move or speak, for example. The type and severity of symptoms depends on how much scarring there is, and where it's located.
Early symptoms might include problems with vision, balance, dizziness or bladder function, or sensory changes such as numbness or tingling. Some develop problems with memory or muscle weakness.
|Henry Echiverri, MD
Most people with MS have recurring flare-ups of symptoms. But the pattern of the disease varies widely. Some people never develop serious symptoms, while those at the other end of the spectrum face symptoms that can progress relatively rapidly. Early treatment provides the best chance of avoiding later disability.
One Stop for Expert MS Diagnosis and Treatment
The Clinic's medical director is board-certified neurologist Henry Echiverri, MD, who brings 22 years of experience working with patients with MS and other neurological disorders. He sees MS patients for initial diagnosis, second opinions and/or treatment. Diagnosis is based on clinical exam, MRI and spinal taps, all of which can be done right at the clinic.
Dr. Echiverri's anti-MS arsenal includes traditional steroid injections and the newest oral medications. In cases where the patient can't tolerate or respond to routine treatments, Dr. Echiverri may employ one of the newer, more innovative treatments, such as plasma exchange, or chemotherapy involving cancer drugs combined with steroids. Most treatments can be done at the clinic except infusion treatments for certain patients, which are provided at the Edward Cancer Center.
At Edward Hospital, MS patients can access physical, occupational and speech therapy services to help minimize any loss of function.
For more information or to make an appointment at the MS Clinic in Warrenville, call the Edward Neurosciences Institute at 630-836-9121.
Learn how patients work with the Edward MS Clinic to create a treatment plan to improve MS symptoms in our patient stories.