Your Guide To Multiple Sclerosis

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Definition:

patients describe MS as it could be a fire within your joints and the burning sensation is excruciating but you have to keep the conversation going, you have to keep walking because you have to stay alive.

According to healthyline.com:

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).

But what really happens inside the body?

In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.


Symptoms:

  • Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs that typically occurs on one side of your body at a time, or the legs and trunk
  • Electric-shock sensations that occur with certain neck movements, especially bending the neck forward (Lhermitte sign)
  • Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait
  • Vision problems are also common, including:

  • Partial or complete loss of vision, usually in one eye at a time, often with pain during eye movement
  • Prolonged double vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Multiple sclerosis symptoms may also include:
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling or pain in parts of your body
  • Problems with sexual, bowel and bladder function

See a doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms for unknown reasons.


Diagnosis 

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Neurological exam

Doctors can use something called procedural diagnosis a procedure or differential diagnosis which basically relies on excluding other conditions that might produce similar signs and symptoms.

some of the tests your doctor might recommend Blood tests, Spinal tap (lumbar puncture), MRI and evoked potential tests.

Your doctor is likely to start with a thorough medical history and examination.

Treatment

Unfortunately, for now, there's no cure for multiple sclerosis (MS), what the medicals offer is the treatment to reduce the symptoms of the disease and it relies on the symptoms and difficulties the person has. 

It includes:

treating relapses of MS symptoms (with steroid medicine)

treating specific MS symptoms

treatment to reduce the number of relapses (disease-modifying therapies)

You'll be supported by a team of different healthcare professionals working together.

This may include a neurologist (specialist in treating conditions of the nervous system), a physiotherapist, a speech and language therapist, and a number of other professionals.


Your team will also include a specialist MS nurse, who'll usually serve as your main point of contact. we understand that the above-mentioned information could be concerning, fortunately, our platform enables you to discover, connect and book your next appointment here.


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