A Neurologist’s Insight on Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy

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    Medical Professional of the Month:

    Dr. Lawrence Saltis, M.D.

    A diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or epilepsy is overwhelming and scary for patients. However, Dr. Lawrence Saltis MD, a neurologist with Unity Health Network embraces a tremendously hopeful outlook on these neurological conditions. “People can live a relatively normal life; they may have to put extra effort into things, they may be subject to some therapies that are occasionally semi-uncomfortable or take up time, but for MS and epilepsy there are answers,” he says. “They are answers that can restore people’s ability to enjoy life, enjoy their family, and enjoy the things they want to do in their life.”

    From his first year of medical school, Dr. Saltis knew he was interested in neurology. His teachers made the subject of neurology accessible and approachable at a time when there was a lot of mystery surrounding neurological disorders. He is now a neurologist practicing at offices from Akron, Hudson and Cuyahoga Falls.

    Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy

    The month of March marks two awareness moments: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week and Epilepsy Awareness Day. Dr. Saltis handles cases involving a variety of neurological diseases, including MS and epilepsy. MS is a disease where the immune system develops an abnormal attack on certain cells in the nervous system. Epilepsy is when someone has multiple seizures, which are abnormal electrical events in the brain. For patients with either condition, he recommends reaching out to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Epilepsy Association. The tow provide excellent resources, create awareness and connect those afflicted with each other.

    Dr. Saltis gets to help relieve suffering caused by neurological disorders for patients, who thirty years ago had no answers. He mentions how treatment of MS has evolved over the years, and how terrific the new therapies are. Thirty years ago, MS was not a good diagnosis, and now new treatment options can keep people up and moving. Helping these patients is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.

    “It’s really nice to have watched this happen over several decades, where some of the untreatable diseases became treatable,” he says. “Over my professional lifetime there’s been a lot accomplished to come up with some of these therapies and made things so much better for people who have been afflicted with chronic illnesses.”

    Dr. Saltis’ positivity is infectious, as he thinks towards the future of healthcare. “Even for the neurological diseases that we can’t treat adequately or specifically now, it’s just a matter of time,” he says. “These things are going to have answers eventually, the day will come, and I hope it’s in my lifetime.”

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