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Transcript of Multiple Sclerosis
: ' a demyelinating disease marked by patches of hardened tissue in the brain or the spinal cord and associated especially with partial or complete paralysis and jerking muscle tremor '
dictionary.reference.com from Gk. sklerosis, meaning "hardening" from L. multi- "many, much" So is there a cure...? The nerves of the central nervous system are sheathed in myelin. It helps nerve function. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that inflames and breaks down the myelin and causes the damaged tissue to harden into what's called a plaque or lesion. Am I going to get it?! MS is most common in young white females in
temperate regions Genetic susceptibility MS and HHV-6 (a type of herpes), measles or canine distemper link still be investigated No, but there are treatments. Do I have it!? What is it? Which parts of the nervous system is affected... ...and how? Oh my god, I've got MS! Well... MS can cause impairment of motor skills, sensory and cognitive function.
It can be benign - in rare cases apparently disappearing altogether after one or two episodes. Or it can progress steadily over many years, bringing about a slow deterioration in an individual's capabilities. Episodes can occur at varying time intervals affecting different areas of the central nervous system.
Think of myelin as the insulator around a wire, and the wire being the nerve. When the insulator is not there or damaged, the wire is exposed and messages are disturbed. No single test can establish an accurate diagnosis, MS is an unpredicatble disease.
An estimated 18,000 Australians have MS. Source - MS Australia (2005) MS The Mystery Disease. Sydney: MS Australia. MS mainly attacks the immune system, which usually is what protects us. It is like the body's shield, but MS attacks the immune system so it cannot defend itself; just like rust on a shield. If you are born in an area with a higher risk of MS and move to somewhere with a lower risk, you might take that risk with you, usually if the move occurs before 15. If you've got a first degree relative with MS increases your risk Some neurologists theorize that MS develops because a person is born with a genetic predisposition to react to some environmental agent, which, upon exposure, triggers an autoimmune response. msaustralia.org.au msaustralia.org.au msaustralia.org.au msaustralia.org.au Some people are minimally affected by the disease while others have rapid progress to total disability, with most people fitting between these two extremes. Itching or pins and needles type sensation loss of vision in one eye or double vision tremors and muscle spasms/stiffness difficulty swallowing seizures numbness memory sensitivity to hot weather hearing loss depression Symptoms: difficult to walk- limits movement and independence poor or loss of vision and hearing- can affect all aspects of life problems remembering, reasoning and thinking in general slurred speech depression emotional problems unpredictable dieting fertility is unaffected but Multiple sclerosis might be passsed on . Some treaments help to get rid of symptoms or ease them, including injections and pills taken orally. Though medication helps victims deal with symptoms, these pills and injections have their own side effects.
Diets can be adjusted, and councelling or medication can be used for emotional control The Better Health Channel How is this going to affect my life?