Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Coastal Wellness Centers -  - Medical Cannabis Physician

Coastal Wellness Centers

Medical Cannabis Physicians located in Ormond Beach, FL & Deland, FL

When you’re among the nearly 1 million men, women, and children in the United States with multiple sclerosis (MS), you may have a range of troubling symptoms that come and go without warning. Medical cannabis helps alleviate symptoms when they occur, including pain, spasticity, and bladder symptoms. Joseph Rosado, MD, Kathryne Gunn, DO, Alyn L. Benezette, DO, and the team at Coastal Wellness Centers in Ormond Beach and DeLand, Florida, offer medical cannabis to qualified patients throughout Volusia County. To set up a consultation for medical cannabis, contact the knowledgeable Coastal Wellness Centers staff by phone or via the online form.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Q & A

 

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive, incurable disease in which your immune system mistakenly attacks the myelin sheaths that protect your nerve fibers. Over time, the disease can permanently damage your nerves. Symptoms of MS include:

  • Numbness or weakness in your limbs or trunk
  • Electric shocks when you move your neck
  • Tremors, unsteady gait, trouble walking
  • Vision problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling or pain in the body
  • Bladder and sexual problems

Generally, MS symptoms flare up and then relapse, sometimes for years at a time.

 

How do doctors treat MS?

Some medications for MS slow disease progression and others control symptoms during flares. Disease-modifying drugs for relapsing/remitting MS include:

  • Injectables: Beta interferons or glatiramer acetate
  • Oral drugs: Fingolimod, dimethyl fumarate, teriflunomide, siponimod
  • Infusions: Ocrelizumab, natalizumab, alemtuzumab, mitoxantrone

When you have a flare, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids to subdue inflammation and pain. If you don’t respond to corticosteroids or you have severe MS, they may recommend a procedure called plasmapheresis, in which your blood cells are separated from your plasma (liquid part of blood), mixed with the protein albumin, and then reintroduced into your body.

If you have trouble walking during an MS flare, your doctor also recommends physical therapy (PT) to help you use a mobility aid, such as a cane. Regular PT also strengthens your legs and improves balance and coordination. They may also recommend other drugs to manage symptoms ranging from sexual dysfunction to fatigue.

 

How does medical cannabis help MS?

Approximately 16% of patients with MS used medical cannabis in 2018 to control their symptoms, according to Multiple Sclerosis News Today. The cannabinoids in medical cannabis interact with your own endocannabinoid receptors in your brain, spinal cord, and nerves. 

Medical cannabis also contains antioxidants and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Benefits of medical cannabis for MS include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Less spasticity
  • More relaxed muscles  
  • Reduced bladder urgency
  • Better sleep
  • Less anxiety

If you have MS, find out if medical marijuana can help you slow down disease progression and control flares. Contact Coastal Wellness Centers today by phone or use the easy online form.