Denton County Living Well Magazine Spring 2015 - Page 13

Multiple Sclerosis Care in Denton Whether you are concerned you may have MS or have already been diagnosed, a new expert is in town. Dr. Halima El-Moslimany, a Board Certified Multiple Sclerosis Neurologist moved to Denton in January. We interview her as she begins setting up her new practice as part of Medical Experts of Texas, P.A. Q: Most people have heard of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). But what is it? Dr. E-M: MS is when your immune defenses attack your central nervous system (CNS) as if it were a virus or bacteria. As a result, the protective cover of nerve fibers called Myelin which helps conduct electrical signals between the brain and muscles, becomes damaged and scarred. Eventually, the fibers themselves can be affected. Multiple scars on the Myelin eventually create a disruption in the signals, leading to varying physical symptoms as the brain struggles to communicate with muscles. Main Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis Visual: - Nystagmus - Optic neuritis - D