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Interesting Aspects of Multiple Sclerosis

February 8th, 2021

Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease that affects the central nervous system. Considering the fact that the disease involves dysfunctions at the level of the nervous system, multiple sclerosis can generate a wide spectrum of symptoms. In the absence of an appropriate medical treatment, multiple sclerosis can aggravate over the years, causing irreversible damage to the entire organism. Multiple sclerosis is mainly manifested through states of pronounced fatigue, body weakness, poorly coordinated movement of the body, poor balance and muscle pain, numbness, weakness or spasms. In later stages of the disease, multiple sclerosis can generate decreased vision, inaccurate and slow perceptions of external stimuli, mental confusion, poor concentration and even short-term memory loss. Another common feature to people who suffer from multiple sclerosis is depression. Statistics indicate that more than 75 percent of people affected by multiple sclerosis also suffer from depression.

As indicated by statistics, there are around 2 million people affected by multiple sclerosis worldwide, and their numbers are continuously rising. In the United States alone, there are around 350.000 reported cases of multiple sclerosis. For some reason, this form of neurological disease mostly affects young people. Multiple sclerosis has the highest prevalence in people with ages between 20 and 40, and the disease is rarely developed by people at more advanced stages of life. Another interesting aspect of multiple sclerosis is that it tends to affect mostly women. Although multiple sclerosis can also be developed by men, the disease is very common in women.

Multiple sclerosis involves an inflammatory process at the level of the nervous system, causing a destruction of myelin, a very important substance that surrounds the nervous cells of the body (neurons). Myelin has a vital role in the transmission of nervous impulses between neurons, establishing connections between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. When myelin is damaged, the transmission of electrical impulses between nervous cells is perturbed, considerably slowing down the body’s response to external stimuli. Destruction of myelin can lead to serious dysfunctions of the nervous system, causing various abnormal neuropsychological manifestations.

Multiple sclerosis is diagnosed upon various criteria. External manifestations of the disease are not sufficient in diagnosing patients with multiple sclerosis. Therefore, the process of diagnosing multiple sclerosis often involves analysis of the nervous cells’ integrity (especially the integrity of the myelin), blood tests and a careful examination of patients’ neurological manifestations.

Once patients are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, they are prescribed an appropriate medical treatment. Through the means of medical treatments, specific therapies and lifestyle changes, people who suffer from multiple sclerosis can gradually experience an amelioration of their symptoms. Appropriate diet, healthy sleep patterns and minimal stress conditions greatly contribute to an improvement of the overall condition of people with multiple sclerosis. If multiple sclerosis is timely discovered, the medications and therapies available today can overcome the damage caused at the level of the nervous system and patients with the disease can be successfully recovered from the disease.

Trigger of Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

February 8th, 2021

Despite the best minds in the medical world working on it, there has as of yet been no advancement in understanding what causes the neuromuscular disease multiple sclerosis. This disease primarily seems to affect those in the 20-40 year old range and can manifest itself in a wide ranging variety of symptoms. There have however been many different theories as to what may be a trigger of multiple sclerosis symptoms. Some of these hypotheses include both environmental conditions and genetic predisposition.

What is an Environmental Trigger of Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms?

MS seems to be far more prevalent in those who live farther away from the equator. This equates to exposure to far less sunshine and as such the body does not produce sufficient quantities of vitamin D. This is considered to be a major trigger of multiple sclerosis symptoms. In an industrialized society we are constantly exposed to a wide variety of toxic chemicals that are suspected to cause damage to the body’s immune system.

We live in a very stressful world and research is showing that this stress can trigger MS symptoms as can smoking. Current theories conclude that a variety of serious bacterial infections such as Epstein Barr, Chlamydophila and others may be associated with the immune response that is at the root of MS.

Is there a Genetic Trigger of MS Symptoms?

There is no proof that MS is in any way a hereditary disease, but recent scientific research is finding that there may be some link between the chances of a person being diagnosed with MS and genetics. The survey shows that in the overall population a person has less than a 0.1% chance of having the disease, but if an immediate family member is diagnosed with it the odds climb to a 1-3% chance of being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

All of the studies done to date come to the same basic conclusion. This is that there is more than one trigger of multiple sclerosis symptoms and that no one gene or outside agent can be conclusively found as the root cause of the diseases. While we may not be able to pinpoint the cause, what we do know is the damage it causes. There are many studies currently under way to find ways to reverse the damage or at least slow down the progression with a variety of medication, natural therapy treatments and more recently stem cell replacement therapy.

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I am not a doctor nor am I qualified in medicine in any way. These are things that have worked for me in controlling my MS. Before undertaking any diet or fitness regime you should always consult your physician first.

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