Multiple Sclerosis

by Andy Pitt on July 28, 2010

My wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1995 and we as a family are still learning to live with illness, we take one day at a time. Here are some details about MS, to help raise awareness

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing problems with muscle control, vision and balance. It’s thought that around 100,000 people in the UK have MS. Multiple sclerosis is unpredictable and can affect people in many ways. Some symptoms are common but people will experience different symptoms. Multiple sclerosis is a disabling neurological condition which usually starts in young adulthood. It is the result of the body’s own immune system damaging the central nervous system.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive degenerative disease of the CNS with a pattern of symptoms that depends on the type of disease and the site of lesions. As damage accumulates, symptoms become more permanent and progressive disability ensues. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common neurodegenerative autoimmune mediated disorder of the central nervous system. The typical clinical presentation of MS is that of a relapsing-remitting disorder. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and degenerative neurological disease affecting an estimated 2.5 million people worldwide. MS causes a number of impairments such as motor weakness, spasticity and incoordination, pain, fatigue, blurred vision, sensory dysasthesias, depression, anxiety, and bladder dysfunction.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic auto-immune neurological disease characterised by damage to the myelin coating of nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and the central nervous system (CNS). MS affects individuals of all races and socio-economic groups. Multiple Sclerosis is characterised by the presence of inflammation, demyelination and axonal loss at multiple sites throughout the central nervous system. All these pathologies contribute to a loss of neurological function and the resulting symptoms are predominantly related to the site of the damage. Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects almost 100,000 people in the UK and several million worldwide, many of whom develop the illness between the ages of 20 and 40. Individuals at first experience episodes that transiently disturb functions that healthy people take for granted: seeing, walking, feeling, thinking and emptying the bladder.

Multiple sclerosis is usually perceived as a disorder of adulthood but children and adolescents can be affected. Although childhood and adolescent onset is not common, it is thought that two point seven to four point four per cent of people with Multiple sclerosis have onset before the age of sixteen. Multiple sclerosis (MS) commonly is believed to result from an autoimmune process. What triggers the autoimmune process is not clear, but the non-random nature of its geographic distribution suggests an isolated or additive environmental effect and/or inadvertent activation and dysregulation of CNS immune processes by a retroviral infection that was perhaps acquired in childhood. Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease. While it is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40, we know that it affects children, some as young as two years old.

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis can vary greatly between individuals. In the early stages of the disease, symptoms come and go, and people with multiple sclerosis can experience periods of remission, in which symptoms disappear and periods of relapse, in which symptoms reappear. Symptoms vary, because the location and severity of each attack can be different. Episodes can last for days, weeks, or months. Symptoms include a slowed ability to think, reason, concentrate or remember. Only 10% of those who develop cognitive problems experience symptoms severe enough to interfere with daily activities.

Symptoms can come and go, and there can be periods of remission, in which symptoms disappear and periods of relapse, in which symptoms reappear. Symptoms included tingling in her arms, hands, legs, and feet as well as a positive L’hermitte’s Sign (pain, numbness, tingling down extremities upon cervical flexion). After these symptoms were present for three months, this subject’s neurologist surmised her condition was worsening and recommended drug therapy.

Diagnosing multiple sclerosis is not easy even by an experienced general physician, because most of the symptoms overlap with symptoms of other diseases. If you suspect the symptoms being more inclined towards multiple sclerosis, it is better to get a diagnosis done by a reputed neurologist. Diagnosis can be difficult, however.

Treatments for MS may involve medicines but also include physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and psychological and emotional support. Treatment is based on powerful immune system suppressants, mainly steroids and various types of Interferon, although others may be used as well. In addition, many types of medications including anticholinergics, antispasmodics, benzodiazepines and opiates are used to manage the muscle spasms, bladder incontinence issues and nerve pain that may be associated with MS.

Treatments vary from the parenteral medications that can reduce the flare-ups to the medications that are aimed at treating fatigue, inflammation and the resulting muscle spasticity. Also, there are different kinds of diet that have been established to help a lot in reducing multiple sclerosis symptoms.

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Kim Beckett August 4, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I had a friend with MS, it is a terrible disease. We don’t know what we have until we lose it. I am a solution oriented person so have always attracted wonderful exciting things into my life. At the beginning of this year I attracted a new technology for healing that you and your wife should really check out. There is never any obligation. Take a look at the videos on my website and see for yourself, this is an amazing new energy technology.
The best of luck to you and your wife Andy.

admin August 25, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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steven October 21, 2010 at 11:21 am

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admin October 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Thanks for your comment Steven. Unfortunately Kim didn’t leave her website on her comment

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admin December 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm

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