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Multiple Sclerosis Specialist

Lori B. Schneider, M.D. -  - Neurologist

Lakeside Neurology

Lori B. Schneider, M.D.

Neurologist & Medical Acupuncturist located in Cornelius, NC

Nearly one million adults in the United States are living with multiple sclerosis. At Lakeside Neurology in Cornelius, North Carolina, Lori Schneider, MD, a board-certified neurologist, offers comprehensive services to confirm a multiple sclerosis diagnosis and to help you manage your symptoms. Using a combination of natural supplements and traditional medications, Dr. Schneider focuses on reducing the frequency of a relapse, so you can enjoy an active, happy life. Find out more about your options for managing multiple sclerosis by calling Lakeside Neurology, or request an appointment online today.

Multiple Sclerosis Q & A

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). This condition develops due to dysfunction in your immune systems that causes an attack on the protective sheath (myelin) that covers your nerve fibers.

Damage to the myelin disrupts communication between your brain and the rest of your body, ultimately leading to permanent nerve damage.

The root cause of multiple sclerosis isn’t well understood, but you may be at increased risk for the disease due to your age or if you have a family history of multiple sclerosis.

What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

The symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary from person to person and depend on the progression of the disease. Some of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis include:

  • Tremors
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Shock-like sensations in your neck
  • Bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction

Many people with multiple sclerosis experience symptoms that last several weeks before going into remission for several months. Over time, your symptoms can become progressively worse, and you may ultimately find it difficult to walk or stay active.

How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

Because there is no one specific test to confirm multiple sclerosis, Dr. Schneider at Lakeside Neurology takes the time to review your medical history and symptoms, and the impact they have on your life.

She performs a physical exam and may order blood work to rule out metabolic or nutritional abnormalities, as well as diagnostic imaging tests, like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 

Once she confirms your symptoms are related to multiple sclerosis, Dr. Schneider designs a treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms and help you maintain a high quality of life.

How is multiple sclerosis treated?

To keep symptoms of multiple sclerosis under control, Dr. Schneider takes a holistic approach and offers treatments like: 

CBD oil

Lakeside Neurology features an in-office health and wellness store that carries Medix CBD and Green Roads pharmaceutical-grade hemp CBD oil that may reduce the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Prescription medications

Prescription medications for multiple sclerosis may include corticosteroids to reduce nerve inflammation or disease-modifying medicines that reduce the frequency and severity of a relapse. Medications are also available to block your immune system and prevent damage to the myelin sheath that covers your nerves.

Natural supplements

Therapy, using nutritional supplements from Physician Therapeutics®, in addition to traditional medications, can optimize your treatment for multiple sclerosis.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into certain areas of your body to relax muscles and improve your blood circulation. 

If you need help managing symptoms of multiple sclerosis, rely on the expertise of Dr. Schneider at Lakeside Neurology. You can schedule a consultation online or by calling today.