CityMD patient Regina Schroeder

Infection care at CityMD: a grateful patient story

Chances are you’ve experienced illness and know how unpleasant it can be. For CityMD patient Regina Schroeder, an infection can be especially hard without prompt medical care.

Regina is living with multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease that causes damage to nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. As a result, people with MS experience symptoms such as fatigue, loss of balance or coordination, muscle weakness and spasms, and vision problems.

There is no cure for MS currently, but there are treatments to manage symptoms, reduce MS flare-ups, and slow disease progression.

Regina’s treatment has involved disease-modifying therapies, including B-cell therapy. This type of treatment uses drugs to attack specific cells that cause nerve damage. Unfortunately, the side effects of B-cell therapy include an increased risk of infection, most commonly upper respiratory and urinary tract infections.

Because infections can worsen MS symptoms, there’s no time to waste when one strikes. Regina has made multiple visits to CityMD when infection symptoms develop. She says having access to quick and easy urgent care has been a relief.

“Rather than sit at the doctor’s office for hours, I can go to CityMD and be in and out in an hour,” she says. “The stress is gone.”

Regina adds that CityMD is a commonsense destination when she needs infection care. “CityMD allows me to avoid sitting in the emergency room with an ordinary urinary tract infection when other people are there with life-threatening illnesses,” she says.

From check-in to seeing doctors and getting prescriptions to treat her infections, Regina says she’s grateful for the attention and care she receives every time. “Everyone is really committed to getting you the help you need,” she says.

Between her ongoing MS treatments and CityMD visits when needed, Regina lives an active, productive life. She dedicates her time to fundraising for research and advances in MS treatment. Her foundation’s “StandUp2MS” campaign aims to raise $3 million by the end of 2024.

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