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One advantage of seeking multiple sclerosis (MS) care at the University of Chicago Medicine is that our specialists understand the intricate, yet subtle differences between MS and other autoimmune diseases — such as Sjögren's syndrome, Guillain-Barré syndrome, myasthenia gravis and lupus — that can exhibit similar warning signs and symptoms. They have the experience and depth of knowledge to accurately diagnose multiple sclerosis, which is a key factor in better symptom management and medical outcomes.
There is no single medical test or set of physical findings that conclusively diagnoses multiple sclerosis. Our physicians use a variety of tools to determine whether an individual has MS or another, similar neurological condition. These tools may include:
Although there is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis, the past two decades have brought new treatments that can slow progression of the disease and reduce severity of symptoms. In addition to having access to the latest medications and procedures, UChicago Medicine neurologists have the experience, skills and expertise to help patients manage multiple sclerosis and lead the fullest lives possible. We provide compassionate and personalized care and examine the course of each person's disease before recommending a course of action.
While the progression of multiple sclerosis is different for each patient, individuals experience one of four courses:
Some of the effective strategies for treating flare-ups and managing symptoms include: