UNM Health’s multiple sclerosis clinic provides diagnostic consultation and expert treatment for multiple sclerosis and is the only such program in New Mexico. You’ll get help identifying the best disease modifying treatment for your situation and help in managing your symptoms long term, so you can enjoy the most productive, fulfilling life possible.
If you experience an urgent health problem that’s related to multiple sclerosis and occurs during business hours, call the UNM Health multiple sclerosis clinic at 505-272-0760. Outside of business hours, call 505-272-2111 and ask to speak to the neurologist on call. During a medical emergency, call 911.
Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis
If your primary care doctor or general neurologist suspects a diagnosis of MS, ask them for a referral to the multiple sclerosis clinic. Symptoms of MS are not specific by can include:
- Numbness or tingling
- Vision problems
- Fatigue or weakness
- Walking difficulties
- Stiffness and involuntary muscle spasms, especially in the legs
- Dizziness or trouble balancing
- Bowel or bladder issues
Your UNM Health team may perform neurological exams, conduct imaging tests and check for other markers of multiple sclerosis. Doctors also will review your medical history and may request blood tests to rule out conditions other than multiple sclerosis.
Treating Multiple Sclerosis
If you receive a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, you’ll work with a care team that includes neurologists, your primary care provider, therapists, nurses and pharmacists to develop a personalized treatment plan. You may benefit from:
- Disease-specific medications to reduce symptoms, shorten flare-ups, prevent relapses and slow the disease’s progression.
- Rehabilitation, which increases energy, mobility, communication abilities and skills needed for everyday life.
- Integrative medicine, which includes massage, acupuncture, meditation and more to relieve stress and discomfort.
- Pain management including medications, injections, behavioral health care and other approaches that can make you feel more comfortable.
- Clinical trials provide opportunities to receive promising new tests or treatments that are not yet widely available (call 505-272-5681 for more information).
You will begin treatment as soon as possible to improve your long-term outcome. After your first visit to the clinic we will help you schedule follow-up appointments for you and your caregivers so they can help follow your response to treatment and notice any potential side effects. It may be necessary to adjust the care plan as needed, and we will give you the most updated information on multiple sclerosis care.
Lean on your care team – your advocates – for medical and emotional support throughout your journey.
Coordinating Your Care
To get care at UNM Health’s multiple sclerosis clinic, ask your primary care provider or general neurologist to fax a referral form to 505-272-9427. We’ll help you schedule an appointment after we receive the referral.
Following your appointment, your primary care provider will receive a summary of your clinic care.
For help getting prior authorization from your insurance provider for treatment, call 505-272-5230. You remain responsible for paying for medications or procedures.
If you’re applying for disability benefits, ask the multiple sclerosis clinic to provide a letter explaining your diagnosis. Talk to your primary care provider or a disability evaluation specialist to schedule a disability assessment.
For prescription refills at a pharmacy outside UNM Health, ask the pharmacy to fax a refill request to 505-272-8196.