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Patient #1: Helen
Transcript of Patient #1: Helen
By: Megan, Makayla, and Aspen
Background of Patient
Helen, a 28-year-old woman, has noticed strange “pins and needles” feelings in her feet and hands. She has been very tired lately and she says that when she goes to the gym “she just feels weak.” She says that her inability to exercise has been making her feel depressed. Her vision seems to be getting worse and she’s made an appointment with her ophthalmologist for later in the week. Most recently, she has experienced moments of unsteadiness when she walks. She was a gymnast in high school; she has never had a problem with balance before. She has noticed that her symptoms seem to come and go. She experiences periods of fatigue and balance problems, but the majority of the time she feels just fine.
Tingling and Numbness in hands and feet
Loss of balance at times.
Symptoms come and go
We have diagnosed Helen Multiple Sclerosis because of the symptoms that Helen seems to be experiencing, they are similar to the sickness called, Multiple Sclerosis.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis include:
Loss of Balance
Numbness Abnormal Sensation
Trouble moving arms and legs
Double or Blurred Vision
The cause of Helen's diagnosis is unknown. Researchers have come to believe that the cause could be related, but not limited to, an autoimmune disease. This is where the body's immune system attacks healthy cells, organs, and tissues. This causes it o destroy myelin sheath. This process being called, demyelinization. This causes damage on the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves that lead to Helen's miss communication and making it harder for her to walk, and have balance.
This is a visual of a neuron. This helps sends messages to the brain to help us be able to do daily activities.
A physical therapist will help people, like Helen, to develop an exercise plan. This plan would help gain strength, balance, and coordination. A physical therapist will also help with stretching and strengthening workouts to help patients like Helen, to get better, and stronger.
Professionals that help with MS
This professional would be able to provide Helen with prescriptions to help with her immune system. They would also be able to provide Helen and her family with more information about what is going with her body.
Dr. Gary Unglik
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"MS LifeLines®." What Is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? : Possible Causes of Multiple Sclerosis :. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.