At Boston Medical Center, our team of experts at the Multiple Sclerosis Center will be there with you through every step of your care journey. From diagnosis to treatment, we are dedicated to helping ameliorate the disease, manage relapses, and relieve symptoms. Whether your journey is just starting or you’re years into treatment, our goal is for you to be at your best. To make this happen, our team works collaboratively with different specialists across BMC to address the multiple needs of patients with MS. In addition, from day one, you’ll have the support of an MS nurse coordinator who will help answer questions about your care and connect you to resources you may need.

Selina's Story

Selina was diagnosed with MS in 2019, after she began losing the use of her legs and her sight in one eye. After a stay at BMC, long-term rehab, and a lot of hard work, Selina regained her sight and her ability to walk. Today, she is in control of her life; working two jobs, raising a son and looking forward to a bright future, thanks to BMC. Selina wants people to know that MS doesn’t stop her from feeling free and independent. "I always say that I don't live with MS. MS lives with me," she says.

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What are the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

Because MS is different for each person, it is difficult to pinpoint symptoms that are directly attributed to MS. Some symptoms of multiple sclerosis may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Weakness
  • Impaired coordination
  • Numbness
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Pain in the face
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Bladder dysfunction

What are the Treatments and Medications for Multiple Sclerosis?

For those patients diagnosed with MS, our team of experts will collaborate to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique symptoms and needs. In addition to the MS specialists at the Multiple Sclerosis Center, we’ll involve highly-skilled specialists across the hospital to make sure that all your needs are addressed. This includes working closely with physical therapists, neuropsychologists, ophthalmologists, pain management professions, urologists and other specialists as needed.

Our nurse coordinator, a key member of your care team, will help you to get answers to your questions about MS or your treatment—including medications. She can also help connect you to non-medical resources such as support services offered by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, because at BMC we know it takes more than medicine to help you stay healthy.

As a patient of the Multiple Sclerosis Center, you have access to multiple oral, self-injectable and intravenous (at our on-site infusion center) medications, which offers timely access to state-of-the-art therapies on a schedule that works for you.

Injectable Disease Modifying Treatments

  • Betaseron/Extavia (interferon beta 1b)
  • Avonex (interferon beta 1a)
  • Rebif (interferon beta 1a)
  • Plegridy (interferon beta 1a)
  • Copaxone/ Glatopa (glatiramer acetate)
  • Kesimpta (ofatumumab)

Oral Disease Modifying Treatments

  • Gilenya (fingolimod)
  • Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate)
  • Vumerity (diroximel fumarate)
  • Aubagio (teriflunomide)
  • Mayzent (siponimod)
  • Ponvory (ponesimod)
  • Zeposia (ozanimod)

Infusion Disease Modifying Treatments

  • Tysabri (natalizumab)
  • Ocrevus (ocrelizumab)

Injectable Treatments for Acute Relapses

  • Intravenous methylprednisolone (Solumedrol)

Medications to Treat Symptoms

  • Many medications are available to treat pain, stiffness, muscle spasms caused by MS

How is MS Diagnosed?

Once you’re referred to our program, we will try to see you right away, sometimes within a week. We understand the urgency and importance of being able to ask the questions you have about your health, so our goal is to move quickly with diagnosing or ruling out MS. On your first visit to BMC, we’ll do everything we can to provide you with immediate answers before you leave. During your appointment, we will thoroughly review your medical records, listen to you as you to share your past medical history, assess your symptoms, and perform the following diagnostic tests:

  • A neurological exam
  • Imaging, such as brain and spinal cord MRIs
  • Blood tests
  • Spinal fluid tests if required

Our Team

Pria Anand, MD

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Kerin A Flanagan, NP

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Special Interests

Multiple sclerosis

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Patient Resources

Multiple Sclerosis Center Patient: Selina's Story

“I remember asking each provider if I was ever going to walk again, but MS has a mind of its own.” Luckily, Selina had BMC. When Selina was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), she turned to BMC and our team of experts. With their help, Selina is thriving and accomplishing everything she puts her mind to.

BMC Multiple Sclerosis Center Video Overview

“Our center provides comprehensive care to people with multiple sclerosis. It’s a wonderful collaboration of specialists who share information and as a result a patient’s well-being is much better. In a way this is a one stop shop for the many needs a patient might have.” - Konstantin Balashov, M.D., Ph.D. Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center

Department News

Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trials

Our MS specialists are both medical providers as well as researchers. Many members of our team contribute regularly to the scientific literature on the latest in diagnosis and treatment of MS. If you have interest in participating in clinic trials please let a member of our care team know.

Residency and Fellowship Information

Our program provides education and training to neurology residents and medical students who wish to gain experience in managing multiple sclerosis and related neuroimmunology disorders. Trainees at all levels are invited to participate in weekly general neurology conferences, which frequently feature neuroimmunology cases. Learn more about the Neurology Residency Program.

Instagram Takeover

Meet BMC’s Multiple Sclerosis Center team members and check out some behind-the-scenes of their day to day. They also answer questions from BMC social media followers!

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