Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

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Multiple Sclerosis

A  demyelinating decease

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system)

Multiple sclerosis.          MRI of the brain.              Nerve supply to the pelvis.                 Central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.             Myelin and nerve structure.

Facts

Multiple Sclerosis affects women more than men

Diagnosed between the age of 20 and 40 but can be seen at any age.

Multiple Sclerosis affects the Myelin sheath which protects the nerves, if damaged it lives the nerve unprotected.  An unprotected nerve signal will slow down or stop.

According to A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, “The nerve damage is caused by inflammation.  The inflammation occurs when the body’s own immune cells attacks the nervous system” (2012).

The nerve damage is caused by inflammation. Inflammation occurs when the body’s own immune cells attack the nervous system. This can occur along any area of the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord. Have a

Family history of MS or live in a part of the world where MS is more common.

It is unknown what exactly causes this to happen.  The most common thought is that virus or gene defects, or both, are to blame.  Environmental factors may play a role.  You are slightly more likely to get this condition if

you have family history of MS or live in a part of the world where MS is more common.

The most common symptom is gait and coordination. People with MS are at risk for falls and injuries. Symptoms are may be triggered by fever, hot baths, stress and sun exposure.  It is common for the disease to get

worse without periods of remission.

Muscle Symptoms

• Loss of Balance

• Muscle Spasm

•Numbness or abnormal sensation in any part of the body

•Problems moving arms or legs

• Problems with coordination or small movement

• Problems walking

•Tremors in one or more arms or legs

•Weakness in one or more arms or legs

There are other symptoms that affect the body, bowel and bladder incontinence, leakage, and urgency, it affects your eyes, feelings in hands and finger tips.

One of the most important key points is follow-up, recognizing changes in your body and seeking assistance.  Getting involved with the Multiple Sclerosis society keeping updated on new treatments and research and

Discussing your concerns openly with your doctor and family MS is challenging and can contribute to depression.  It is very important that you have support.  There is information available become an advocate for MS.

Today is MS awareness month how will you become aware?

A.D.A.M. Encyclopedia. Multiple Sclerosis (2012) Retrieved from   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

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Carolyn Coleman-Grady-Making life a litter easier by being aware.

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2 responses »

    • Thank you so much for reading this post. It is a very interesting disorder that affects many people. I believe getting involve and increasing awareness helps. Thank you Anna.

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