Patient's Guide for Multiple Sclerosis

At the Cedars-Sinai Multiple Sclerosis Center, we are dedicated to providing patients with the resources they need to get the best possible care and live full and rewarding lives, whether it’s providing information on local multiple sclerosis support groups or how to participate in our latest clinical trial research.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system, which comprises the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the person's immune system mistakenly damages healthy nerves in the brain and spinal cord. The damage disrupts or stops the normal flow of nerve impulses, causing a reduction in or loss of body function.

There is no cure for multiple sclerosis. Treatment for multiple sclerosis generally focuses on reducing the number of episodes experienced by patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and slowing the progression in patients with secondary or primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

While there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, prescribed medications can help reduce the number of episodes experienced by patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and slow the progression of the condition in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.

For patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, corticosteroids can be used in an effort to shorten the relapse time and severity of any episodes.

Maintaining mobility and general fitness is very important for patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Physical therapy offers stretches and exercises that will help manage symptoms, while occupational therapy can help patients adjust to their condition in both their home and working environments while also assisting them in learning alternative methods for performing tasks.

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurology provides a comprehensive treatment approach, using medication along with physical and occupational therapy to minimize symptoms and improve a patient's quality of life. A comprehensive approach means that Cedars-Sinai integrates expert insight from various departments into a patient's care. This team-wide approach is a critical component of the Cedars-Sinai multiple sclerosis program, and results in improved outcomes and quality of life for individuals affected by multiple sclerosis. All this leads to a care plan specifically tailored to your needs.

You will need a physician referral to be admitted to Cedars-Sinai for inpatient medical care. Depending on your healthcare insurance, you may need a referral from your primary care physician before seeing one of Cedars-Sinai neurological specialists. Please call 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771), or e-mail neurologicaldisorders@cshs.org for more information.

For information on reaching us from outside the United States, please contact our International Health Services team.

Information on billing, insurance and medical records is available in the Cedars-Sinai Patient and Visitors Guide.

Yes. To get a second opinion about a neurological diagnosis with a Cedars-Sinai physician, please call 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771) or email neurologicaldisorders@cshs.org.

It is important for patients to be prepared for their appointment in order to ensure the time spent with their physician is as beneficial as possible.

Here's what you can do to make the most of your appointment time:

  • Write down and bring any questions you have about your condition or treatment.
  • Keep a record of your symptoms including any changes you may have noticed between appointments and if the symptoms are affecting your work or personal life.
  • Bring a list of your current medications.
  • Bring your prior medical records if you're transferring from a medical provider outside of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
  • Fill out any required paperwork in advance, including medical record release authorization forms, referral request forms, patient intake form, and the patient privacy form.

Yes, we always encourage patients to bring a spouse, family member or close friend with them to their appointments.

Neuroscience experts at Cedars-Sinai are working to use their clinical experience and research knowledge to lead the way in finding new treatments, techniques and diagnostic procedures.

Our ongoing clinical trials are open to all eligible participants, and patients are encouraged to pursue involvement.

General information about participation in clinical trials at Cedars-Sinai can be found in our Patient and Visitors Guide.

Publications by our expert neurosciences team can be found at PubMed.gov.

For more than a century, Cedars-Sinai has been dedicated to excellence, compassion and innovation in patient care. Information about Cedars-Sinai and our history can be found in the About Us section of the website.