Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common neurological disease in young people around the world, which affects about 1.2 million people. MS is more common in women than in men, and typically develops between the ages of 20 to 40 years old. Despite the prevalence of the disease is still not know the exact reasons for its occurrence.

Scientific and medical community is now making great efforts to address the fundamental issues related to understanding the causes of disease mechanisms of the nervous system and the development of effective treatments.

Selecting for treatment of multiple sclerosis one of the clinics of Israel, the patient receives:

  1. Immediate relief from acute symptoms of the disease;
  2. Longer between bouts;
  3. Slowing the progression of MS;
  4. Reducing the frequency and severity of seizures;
  5.  Treatment of associated symptoms;
  6. The patient also help adapt lifestyles to functional limitations.


Diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in Israel

Before treatment it is important to accurately it becomes that you just multiple sclerosis, and not another disease with similar clinical picture. Experienced professionals Israeli clinics assess a patient's condition, which includes a thorough review of the medical history, a complete neurological examination and auxiliary examination.

For example, one of the neurological examination includes checking reflexes with a rubber mallet. Reflex - an involuntary response of the nervous system to external stimuli. The absence of reflexes, weak reflexes, increased reflexes or different from normal reflex behavior on different sides of the body are important factors in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

There are several ancillary tests that help diagnose or deny the RS:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);
  • Computed tomography (CT);
  • Lumbar puncture (sampling cerebrospinal fluid). Cerebrospinal fluid changes when the brain or spinal cord damaged by inflammation. The puncture is performed with a hollow needle, which is inserted into the space between the vertebrae. The whole procedure takes only a few minutes and at the request of the patient can be performed under local anesthesia.

Treatment of multiple sclerosis in Israel

The earlier the disease is diagnosed and treatment is started the better able to take control of the PC, because at this stage of neurological damage are minimal.

Early treatment is intended to delay the progression of the disease. Drugs that are appointed at an early stage, called modifying drugs - they affect the patient's immune system. Preparations of this group, such as interferon beta 1a, prevent inflammation, which may lead to demyelination (damage sheath of nerve fibers).

At the beginning of 2019, there are 14 approved drugs for the treatment of multiple sclerosis in Israel. Among them are "veterans", which are used for more than 20 years, and there are new drugs approved in the past few years. In addition to improving the effectiveness of treatment, the benefit of new drugs is that, in contrast to the usual daily medication, only once every six months or a year of treatment can be carried out. However, their effect is long-term, that can improve the quality of life of patients.

In the majority of the Israeli medical centers - the usual approach to the treatment of MS - the so-called escalation therapy. That is, start with the prescribing of "weak" action with the transition to a "strong" only as needed. 

After the neurologist will choose a dosage group, which corresponds to the flow of the patient's personal and medical characteristics, it is possible to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the respective drugs on various parameters and select the most appropriate drug together.

When should you change the medicine?

There are a number of reasons that can justify replacing the existing drug therapy:

  • If a patient finds intolerable side effects.
  • If a patient plans to become pregnant.
  • If the patient and neurologist concluded that the treatment of under-performing.
  • If there is a more effective and safe treatment.

In most cases, experts do not recommend to replace a drug that has proven effective for the patient. Neuroscientists do not recommend experimenting with other treatments, even though studies have shown that another drug may be more effective. Since it is impossible to predict what will arise from it side effects for a particular patient.

Today there is no specific drug that is suitable for each patient in any situation and the situation. There is a need to "adapt" to the clinical treatment of a patient, severity of disease, side effects and other underlying disease. In many cases, and, in particular, with all new drugs requires careful monitoring by a neurologist, a specialist in the RS.

Along with drug therapy for the disease to help alleviate physical therapy, occupational therapy, symptomatic and psychological treatment, as well as a healthy diet and exercise.  

The cost of treating multiple sclerosis in Israel

One day of treatment in a specialized medical center of Israel's costing about 800 - 1000 dollars. A full course of treatment takes at least two weeks. Given the fact that the treatment takes place in a day hospital, there is a need to rent an apartment, so the amount is added to the above and this item of expenditure. However, the total cost of treating multiple sclerosis in Israel cost at least two times cheaper than, for example, in Europe.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

The symptoms of multiple sclerosis are many and varied, and can vary greatly from person to person. Most people with MS are shown only some of the symptoms.

The most common symptoms are:

  1. Problems with neural sensations. Numbness or weakness of the limbs; tingling or pain in different parts of the body; sense "current" with certain movements of the head.
  2. Vision problems. In 25% of cases of MS first symptom is inflammation of the optic nerve (optic neuritis). The inflammation causes pain behind the eyeball, and partial loss of vision.
  3. Cramps and muscle contraction. Multiple sclerosis causes damage to the nerve fibers in the central nervous system that can be a painful muscle contractions (twitch). The muscles may be strained, which may impair the ability to move.
  4. Pain. Two types of pain are common to multiple sclerosis, neuralgia and muscle pain.
  5. Violation walk. Multiple sclerosis can impair balance and coordination. This can make it difficult walking and mobility, especially in the case of spasm or muscle contraction.
  6. The disease can cause problems with memory and learning something new, problems with attention and concentration, slow or confused speech and decreased speed of thinking.
  7. Emotional problems. People with MS can cry or laugh for no reason. Furthermore, they may experience depression or anxiety.
  8. Fatigue and exhaustion. Extreme fatigue is a major symptom of multiple sclerosis.

Advice on nutrition in patients with MS

  • Limit consumption of sugar, saturated fats and caffeine.
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Eat meat to 3 times a week.
  • Eat sulfur-containing vegetables: onions, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, parsley, broccoli, and spinach.

The best experts neurologists Israel

  1. Professor Nir Giladi neurologist Israel. His experience in this area is 46 years. Patients on treatment of multiple sclerosis in Israel leave the reviews about it not only as an excellent specialist, but also as a sensitive doctor. Nir Giladi engaged in scientific activities - on account of his 200 works in the field of neurology.
  2. Professor Vivian Drori - a specialist with 30 years experience. Service charge treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. An internship in the US. Vivian Drori speaks three languages ​​- Hebrew, English and German.
  3. Dr. Boris Aronovich recognized neurologist with 40 years of experience, 30 of which - in the best clinics in Israel. The doctor is also one of the best diagnosticians country.