Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) covering nerves. The resulting nerve damage disrupts communication between the body and the brain. The Tallahassee Memorial Multiple Sclerosis Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with suspected, early-onset and established multiple sclerosis. Patients at the center receive specialized care by a medical team who understands their unique needs.
Because MS is a life-long condition, we focus on addressing the physical, emotional and cognitive challenges patients with MS face while providing education and support to patients and their family.
- Education about what MS is and the medication and symptom management involved
- Community resources and family support through a local MS support group
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy help with performing daily activities
- Neuropsychological evaluations
- Pharmacological evaluations and recommendations
- Clinical trials and research studies
For more information about our services, patients can call 850-431-5001.
Providers, please call 850-431-7002.
The Multiple Sclerosis Center is located within the Tallahassee Memorial NeuroScience Center on the fifth floor of the Azalea Building.
Tallahassee Memorial Multiple Sclerosis Center
1401 Centerville Rd., Suite 504
Tallahassee, FL 32308
To access the center, park in the main parking garage and enter the atrium on the ground floor. Once you pass the greeter and walk down the steps, the entrance to the Professional Office Building will be on your right.
Frequently Asked Questions About MS
The first step towards managing multiple sclerosis is learning about it. The answers to the questions below can get you started. For detailed information on the disorder, we recommend visiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website.
MS is a lifelong disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and damages the cells and structures within the central nervous system – the spinal cord, brain and optic nerves.
These structures and cells that become damaged
- Myelin (the fatty covering that protects nerve fibers)
- Oligodendrocytes (the cells that produce myelin)
- Underlying nerve fibers
This causes an interruption in the nervous system’s ability to transmit signals between the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the body.
Some symptoms depend on which nerves are being affected so MS is different for every person. Symptoms could also come and go depending on the type of MS you have and its severity. Some people experience no obvious symptoms while the disease is active.
- Fatigue and/or weakness
- Muscle stiffness and spasms
- Bladder and/or bowel problems
- Changes in memory or problem solving
- Emotional changes and/or feelings of depression
- Difficulty with balance and coordination
- Pain or strange feelings of numbness (“pins and needles”)
- Sexual difficulty
- Vision problems
The direct cause of MS is still unknown. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50 but it does occur in young children and older adults. MS occurs more often in women than men.