It is a progressive disease, meaning the nerve damage gets worse over time. How quickly MS gets worse varies from person to person.
The nerve damage is caused by chronic inflammation. Inflammation occurs when the body's own immune cells attack the nervous system.
Repeated episodes of inflammation can occur along any area of the brain and spinal cord.
Researchers are not sure what triggers the inflammation. The most common theories point to a virus or genetic defect, or a combination of both.
Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, type-1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis are all autoimmune diseases in which inflammation destroys tissue, although a different tissue is targeted in each case.
The Symptoms Of MS Can Include:
Marked fatigue-in 80% of people
Numbness of the face, body or arms and legs
Difficulty in walking
Bladder dysfunction, which occurs in at least 80% of people with MS
The symptoms may become permanent or may come and go.
One Thing Thats Peculiar, Is That The Symptoms of MS, It's Severity, And Prognosis Are Different In Everybody.
People with MS typically experience one of four stages of the disease:
and Progressive Relapsing
Each of these stages might be mild, moderate or severe.
The majority of people with MS do remain ambulatory.
Risk factors for Multiple Sclerosis include:
Prior infection with Epstein-Barr virus (Mononucleosis)
Low Vitamin D/sun exposure
Genetic factors are believed to play a significant role in determining who develops MS.
Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that MS is infectious or contagious. The role of a virus or viruses, if there is one, affects only people with a genetic predisposition to develop the disease.
Although there is still no cure for MS, effective strategies are available to:
Modify the disease course
Treat relapses or flare-ups manage symptoms
Improve function and safety
And provide emotional support
Since diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis can be very difficult, a neurologist who specializes in treating MS should evaluate your symptoms. As many as 10% of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis actually have some other condition that mimics MS.
An accurate diagnosis is based on your medical history and a neurological examination. There is no single test for MS, consequently the diagnosis can be missed, delayed, or even incorrect.
Negative Emotions Will Negatively Affect Your Health And It's Important To Replace Those Feelings With Love, Kindness and Joy.
I have been practicing Spring Forest Qigong for about 6 years now. Master Lin says we are all born healers.
When I started Spring Forest Qigong I experienced being a healer for myself. I didn't know what I was doing, I had just purchased the level one and two books and DVDs and hadn't even finished them yet, but I healed a knee my husband was scheduled to have surgery on.
We went to the same day surgery as scheduled, they took him back, and when they looked at the knee they said you don't have to be here, this knee is fine.
The knee was completely normal so we left the hospital and went out for lunch. I have to add the problem never returned. That was my first experience with anything like this. I'll tell you more stories on other pages.
Many things take more time and some things simply won't be cured, but this is amazing.
Here is just one quote taken from Master Lins website:
"I think Spring Forest Qigong is basically the way much
of healing will go over the next 50 to 100 years."
Bill Manahan, M.D., University of Minnesota School of Medicine
An anti inflammatory diet and lifestyle may be a powerful deterrent to the disease and may also be effective in reducing or reversing the progression of the disease.
We know chronic inflammation causes or contributes to very many diseases, and fish oil reduces the inflammation.
Some scientists believe inflammation may be the case with MS also.
A Possible New Drug for MS
Oct 14, 2009
Panel Recommends that FDA Approve Fampridine-SR (proposed name Amaya) for Symptomatic Treatment of MS -- Found to improve walking speed for all types of MS
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee today recommended that the agency approve marketing of Fampridine-SR
(Acorda Therapeutics, with a proposed name change to Amaya) for its ability to improve walking speed in people with any type of multiple sclerosis. While the FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of its advisory committees, it usually does. The agency is expected to make a final decision about whether to approve the drug for market on or before the target date of October 22, 2009.
Multiple Sclerosis Researchers May Design Largest-Ever Vitamin D Study
In recent years, Vitamin D has garnered the attention of MS physicians and researchers because epidemiological and laboratory studies have produced strong evidence that low vitamin D levels may play a role in causing MS. Now, leading researchers from around the country plan to converge in Boston to evaluate the feasibility of conducting what would be the largest clinical study ever undertaken to explore the role that Vitamin D may play in MS.
Vitamin D has been in the news a lot lately. What most news stories don't tell you though is that it is Vitamin D3 that you should be taking and not plain vitamin D.
Hear About Montel's MS Journey And How He's Dealing With It