Multiple Sclerosis Specialist

Jeffrey Rumbaugh, MD, PhD -  - Neurology & Multiple Sclerosis

Pathway Neurology

Jeffrey Rumbaugh, MD, PhD

Neurology & Multiple Sclerosis located in Tampa, FL

Multiple sclerosis affects more than 2.3 million people globally, disrupting lives and compromising health. At the Remyelix Multiple Sclerosis Institute of Pathway Neurology in Tampa, Florida, Jeffrey Rumbaugh, MD, PhD, offers the most advanced diagnostics and treatment to help you live life in spite of MS. His deep and unique background in education, research, and treatment of MS and related neurological diseases enables Dr. Rumbaugh to develop a custom treatment plan that addresses your needs. He offers comprehensive, compassionate care to help you live a healthy and happy life. Learn more about managing multiple sclerosis by calling the Tampa office or booking an appointment online today.

Multiple Sclerosis Q & A

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune-related condition that occurs when an abnormal response in the immune system affects the function of the central nervous system. This results in inflammation that damages the myelin, a fatty substance that insulates nerve fibers. Inflammation also damages the nerve fibers and the cells that make up the myelin.

As a result, signals throughout the central nervous system are disrupted or stopped completely, producing neurological dysfunction and life-disrupting symptoms.

What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

The symptoms of MS vary from person to person and can improve for a period of time. Many with MS experience flare-ups of symptoms that interfere with their life and ability to work. This is called a relapsing-remitting pattern of MS.

Common issues related to MS include:

  • Weakness
  • Numbness or tingling anywhere in the body
  • Vision problems including double vision or loss of vision
  • Dizziness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulties walking
  • Incoordination or unusual clumsiness
  • Memory problems or other cognitive difficulties
  • Bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction
  • Involuntary muscle spasms or stiffness
  • Pain

What causes MS?

There isn’t a clearly understood cause of multiple sclerosis. MS is probably caused by a combination of susceptibility factors (your genes) and environmental factors (exposures). There is no one “multiple sclerosis gene,” and there is no single triggering exposure. You could be at higher risk for developing MS if you:

  • Smoke
  • Have an autoimmune disorder
  • Have a family history of MS
  • Have a vitamin D deficiency

You could also be at increased risk for MS if you have been exposed to certain infectious organisms. Although there is no “multiple sclerosis virus,” some viruses and bacteria which might be associated with MS include herpes viruses, measles, chlamydia, and the Epstein-Barr virus.

What treatment options are available for MS?

MS is not curable, but in most patients, it can be extremely well managed. There are many powerful medications available today to control MS, and many more in the research pipeline, likely becoming available in the next few years. These medications all have significant benefits as well as significant risks associated with them.

As an MS patient, your outcome will likely be better, if you work with a physician who is highly trained and experienced in treating MS, such as Dr. Rumbaugh, who has treated these patients at academic centers like Johns Hopkins and Emory.

In addition to these complicated disease-modifying therapies to control the MS itself, Dr. Rumbaugh can also help you manage your symptoms and thus significantly improve your overall quality of life. Such treatments include physical and occupational therapies and home exercises to improve your strength and flexibility, improve your balance and avoid falls; therapies to minimize cognitive impacts of the disease; treatments to help with bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction; treatments to control numbness, tingling, pain, dizziness, fatigue; and more.

With every patient, Dr. Rumbaugh creates a custom treatment plan to stop the progression of the disease and ensure you are functioning optimally.

Learn more about managing multiple sclerosis by calling the Tampa office or using the online booking feature.