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Important Information About MS. 

 March 10, 2024

By  Linda Rook

Nerves in the central nervous system in the brain.

The Introduction.

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a type of arthritis that attacks your nervous system and has many complex challenges. Multiple Sclerosis attacks millions of people around the globe.

Its chronic autoimmune disease affects the central nervous system and causes a range of symptoms for those people who have been diagnosed with MS. There has been significant research done over the years, on the development and treatment.

While the precise cause of multiple sclerosis remains unclear, researchers have made important advances in understanding the factors that contribute to the development of MS.

This blog will show you an overview of multiple sclerosis and delve into the complex causes, treatment, symptoms, and diagnosis as well as the impact on how your life can be affected.

What is Multiple Sclerosis. 

The definition of multiple sclerosis is that it is an autoimmune disease that attacks the covering of the nerve fibres known as myelin. The Myelin sheath in the immune cells may cause inflammation of the demyelination which protects the covering of the myelin sheath and disrupts the normal flow of electrical impulses that are along the nerves.

The nerve fibres in the brain lead to the (eyes), your optic nerve and the spinal cord.

Causes and risk factors.

There are five risk factors for developing multiple sclerosis, they include:

  • Genetics: If anyone in the family has MS you may be at a high risk of developing the disease.
  • Environmental factors: There are certain environmental factors such as viral infections, or exposure to certain toxins may contribute to the development of MS.  However, the relationship of viruses is not fully understood, certain infections may develop in susceptible people.
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  • Autoimmune response: This one is if you have a low level of vitamin D. The vitamin has been seen to increase the risk of MS. Studies have shown that adequate exposure to sunlight will help, therefore protect you from MS.
  • Smoking: Another risk factor is if you smoke, this is a potential environmental factor that can increase the risk of developing MS.
  • Geographical and Ethnic Factors: MS has been found in various geographical areas, with higher rates observed in certain regions. Ethnicity also can develop in people of Northern European descent being more susceptible.

Recognising The Symptoms And Signs.

The following list are symptoms that you could get if you develop multiple sclerosis. They include:

1. Fatigue: you may become fatigued, and sleepy all the time even though you have had a good night's sleep, this can greatly impact your daily life.

2. Motor Symptoms: motor symptoms are weakness, tremors, difficulty walking, and coordination problems.

3. Sensory Disorders: another symptom is sensory issues like numbness, tingling, or pain, often affecting the limbs.

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4. Cognitive Impairment: This is memory loss, attention problems, and difficulties with problem-solving.

The Diagnosis.

When you see your doctor they may ask for your medical history, which means the progression of the symptoms, and give you a clinical examination. A neurologist may perform a thorough clinical examination to assess your neurological function.

They may send you for an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), which looks for any lesions or plaques in the brain and spinal cord, which indicate demyelination.

Also, they may perform a cerebrospinal fluid analysis, which is a lumbar puncture that can analyse cerebrospinal fluid for abnormalities indicative of inflammation.

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The Treatment.

The treatment for multiple sclerosis could be the following:

  • Your doctor may give you disease-modifying therapy (DMT). This can reduce the inflammation and slow down the progression of the disease.
  • Symptomatic treatment is medication and physical therapy, that decreases some symptoms such as muscle spasms, fatigue, and pain.
  • Physical and occupational therapy can improve mobility, strength, and overall functionality.
  • Monoclonal antibodies are a type of biological therapy, that has been found a positive treatment for MS.
  •  Comprehensive rehabilitation programs like physical and occupational therapy, as well as mental rehabilitation, help people to increase their functional abilities, improve mobility, and enhance overall quality of life.
  • Stem cell therapy is the next one, the goal of using stem cells is to repair damaged nerve tissue and control the immune system.
  • The developments in genetic research have found a way for modified medicine to treat Multiple Sclerosis.

Understanding The Three Phases of Multiple Sclerosis.

When you develop multiple sclerosis there are many variable symptoms. Meaning that each person experiences a unique combination of symptoms and progression.

There are three phases to MS which are:

Relapsing-Remitting MS:

Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS): This is the most common initial form of MS. People with RRMS experience periods of new or worsening symptoms (relapses) followed by periods of partial or complete recovery (remissions).

Secondary Progressive MS:

Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS): After several years, many people with RRMS transition to SPMS. In this phase, there is a gradual worsening of neurologic function, with or without relapses and remissions.

Primary Progressive MS:

Primary Progressive MS (PPMS): This form of MS is characterized by a gradual and steady progression of symptoms without distinct relapses or remissions. It is less common than RRMS or SPMS.

The nature of recovery may differ based on the specific phase and the person’s response to treatment.

Also, their remission, they could experience spontaneous remission, which means that the symptoms improve or disappear for a long time without medication, however, the remission can vary from person to person.

Conclusion.

The complication of Multiple Sclerosis is an active neurological condition; therefore, you should keep your appointments with your doctor and healthcare professionals. Understanding the workings of MS is crucial for early diagnosis.

Over the years the treatment has altered significantly, meaning that you may have a better lifestyle.

From disease-modifying therapies that target the immune system to cutting-edge research in stem cell therapy, the future looks promising for people with Multiple Sclerosis.

As research advances and new treatments emerge, the hope is that people with MS will continue to experience improved outcomes and a better quality of life. Those affected by MS need to work closely with healthcare professionals to develop personalized treatment plans that address their unique needs and challenges.

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More Information.

https://mstrust.org.uk/information-support/about-ms/what-is-ms

https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/patient-information/conditions-treated-a-to-z/multiple-sclerosis-ms

Linda Rook

Linda is now retired and has suffered from Osteoarthritis for about 40+ years.  She struggled with her weight until she found the correct one that also helped with her arthritic pain.  Linda was in terrible pain until the physician thought her right hip needed replacement. 


Now Linda has an artificial right hip, which has left her with the left leg shorter than the right.  Therefore, her spine is now wonky, and has arthritis of the lower back, also it seems to be going all over the body, her pain is now in the knees, elbow, wrist, fingers and both hips.


Linda now spends her days writing information to help others with the same conditions, so they do not suffer like Linda.


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