Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the myelin sheath surrounding the nerve cells. Though it cannot be totally cured, treatments such as medication, physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy can help to control the symptoms and prevent fast progression of the disease.
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the myelin sheath surrounding the nerve cells. A misguided immune system will destroy the myelin sheath that surrounds and protects the nerve cells, and lead to focus of inflammation and later a scar on the affected nerve cells. This causes a variety of symptoms depending on the affected area in the central nervous system. Common symptoms are restrictions in movements, sensibility and sight.
The exact cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown. However, the causes may be related to genetic problems, viral infections or environmental factors. Once the autoimmune system starts to attack the myelin sheath, it will lead to a focus of inflammation and may leave scars on the affected areas. The inflammations can occur everywhere in the nerve fibers of the central nervous system (white matter) either in the brain or spinal cord. All Symptoms are the result of a nerve failure caused by a focus of inflammation and are therefore as various as the locations of these foci. An often seen but not necessary first symptom is the loss of sight on one eye due to an inflammation of the optical nerve (neuritis nervi optici). Multiple sclerosis may among others lead to symptoms such as abnormal movements, thoughts, and sensations. For example, people with MS often suffer from weakness of the muscles and show a handicap in movement such as abnormal walking patterns or inability to walk. Other symptoms are numbness, tingling sensations, coordination problems, imbalance, memory problems and changes in personality, fatigue, loss of bladder or bowel control.
The treatment of multiple sclerosis is mainly to control the inflammations and to improve symptoms. It cannot be totally cured. An acute inflammation is treated with a high dose steroid therapy. To prevent further episodes, medications for immunoregulation or immunosuppression are used. These medications need to be taken in advance and mostly for lifetime. Besides medication, the treatments include physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. A combination of these therapies can help to control the symptoms as well as to arrest the process of the disease.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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