The signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis differ from one individual to the next, depending on which nerve fibers are damaged. The following are some of the most common signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis:
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SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
• Numbness and weakness in one or more body parts
• The symptoms usually affect one side of the body
• Electric-shock like symptoms when bending the neck
• Lack of coordination and instability
• Partial or complete loss of sight
• Pain during eye movements
• Blurry vision
• Double vision
• Loss of bowel and bladder control
• Sexual problems
• Tingling and painful sensations
• Fatigue or exhaustion
• Speech slurring
Why Choose MSNIA?
The Multiple Sclerosis and Neurology Institute of Austin takes a comprehensive approach to your multiple sclerosis, neuroimmunology, and neurology care. We believe in fostering collaborative doctor-patient relationships, so you can proceed with a long-term treatment plan under the supervision of doctors who you know and trust. Our medical providers discuss your symptoms, review your medical history, and curate personalized treatment plans that conform to your lifestyle and goals.
While the average wait to see a neurologist in Austin can be months, MSNIA strives to see patients within the same week and consistently within the next weeks.
Real Patient Testimonials
I had a wonderful first time appointment with Dr. Rivas. She was kind and listened to all of my concerns. She takes the time to learn about the patient and goes over records, tests, and answers questions thoroughly. I feel like I can trust her with my care and am soo happy to have found someone of this quality to be a part of my long term care for my disease.Angela P.
The doctor's office is clean, warm, and inviting. Dr. Rivas is the most amazing doctor I've ever had. I've never met another doctor with a greater capacity for caring and kindness. While she is always focused on treatment of my condition, she also is very concerned about other life factors that contribute to my overall mental and physical well being. She takes a holistic approach in caring for her patients and that is rare in modern medicine.Brian C.
I have been a patient of Dr. Rivas for about 4 years. She is absolutely the BEST!! She is knowledgeable, informative, a good listener, and has always been able to meet all my neurological needs. She is a classy lady, but don't let that fool ya......she's really good. Never in a hurry, always patient and kind, with a lot of questions that creates choices of treatment for me--and we make the decisions together. I completely trust her!Janet W.
During my first visit with Dr. Rivas, she was not rushed, listened intently to the history of my symptoms, reviewed my scans, and performed an examination. She is kind, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. Dr. Rivas is the most attentive and caring doctor I've seen in a long time.Twilla L.
Dr. Rivas is a kind and knowledgeable doctor. She listens attentively, asks questions and makes you feel comfortable in sharing every single detail about your pain. She doesn't rush into giving medication, she tries alternatives and follows up on them.Hadeel H.
Dr. Rivas was able to see me quickly after a very scary visit to the emergency room where I believed I was having a stroke. She also reviewed my hospital discharge paperwork and help me formulate a plan of care for a very complicated form of migraine. She is wonderful.Heather A.
I have been a patient of Dr Rivas since December 2021 following my stroke. I value her patient centered care, quick responsiveness and taking the time during appointments to fully explain and where applicable go over your MRIs and answer any questions you may have. It is truly very "remarkable" these days to have a medical professional like Dr. Rivas.Ashley F.
Meet Dr. Rivas
The Multiple Sclerosis and Neurology Institute of Austin is led by Dr. Rivas, a leading expert in neuroimmunological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, autoimmune encephalitis, and Devic’s disease. She is certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a recipient of the prestigious educational grant award for Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.
Dr. Rivas dedicates considerable time to each patient, spending around an hour (and sometimes longer for new patients) during consultations. This allows us to truly understand your needs and provide comprehensive care.
EDUCATION + CREDENTIALS:
- Certification: Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Fellowship: Multiple Sclerosis & Neuroimmunology, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine (2018)
- Residency: Neurology, UT Southwestern Medical Center (2016)
- Medical School: Medical Doctor, Universidad Central Del Caribe (2012)
The MSNIA Difference
We invite you to embrace a new approach to healthcare. By choosing MSNIA, you are investing in an elevated experience of neurological care that centers around your well-being. While consultations are fee-based, necessary studies, diagnostic imaging, and labs are covered by insurance, making sure you have access to essential diagnostic resources.
For patients seeking unparalleled access to neurological healthcare, we offer exclusive memberships. As a member, you gain unlimited access to Dr. Rivas’ expertise and a direct care neurological experience like no other.
Your health journey is unique, and so is our approach. Dr. Rivas is always available to cater to your specific neurological needs, ensuring you receive the personalized care you deserve.
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