MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SYMPTOMS, CARE & TREATMENT
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). More specifically, MS inhibits the transmission of nerve signals between the brain, the spine, and the rest of the body. MS is a highly variable disease where no two cases are the same. An individual’s symptoms may also change over the course of months or years.
Some of the most common symptoms of MS include:
- Difficulty walking
- Spasticity (muscle spasms)
- Numbness, tingling, and/or general weakness
- Loss of vision
- Dizziness and/or vertigo
- Pain (may be chronic)
- Bowel issues
- Loss of sexual performance
- Cognitive or Emotional changes
The cause of MS is currently unknown, however researchers believe that certain individuals may be genetically predisposed. Diagnosis is also complicated, and requires evidence of multiple, separate damages to the CNS.
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Though there is no known cure for MS, the disease is non-fatal and can be managed with a comprehensive strategy that includes medication, lifestyle changes, and continued professional medical treatment.
- Disease-modifying medications help change disease course, manage symptoms, and treat relapses (AKA exacerbations). Medications may be injected, taken orally, or infused.
- Rehabilitation strategies prioritize proactive and consistent regimen of physical, occupational, and cognitive therapies.
- Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) strategies may include regular exercise like T’ai Chi, maintaining a healthy diet, vitamin D supplements, and acupuncture.
- Emotional support from friends and family is critical. With MS may come depression, anxiety, and mood swings. Lend your time, your ear, and your heart.
Because MS is such a complex disease, it requires a comprehensive approach that includes a variety of medical experts. For most MS patients, a neurologist is the main point of contact as well as the designer and coordinator of particular care strategies. If the care of a MS patient becomes too difficult for family or friends, it is recommended to seek out a licensed assisted living facility.
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