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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

By Daryl H. Bryant (312 words)
Posted in Living with MS on July 21, 2011

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{#/pub/images/WhatisMS.jpg}MS is a serious disease that can range along a continuum from mild to severe.

Some people are able to live with MS for decades with only minimal symptoms, while others experience a sudden onset and are quickly thrown into a cycle of depression, worry, and medical struggles. Every case and every patient is different. My story is my experience.

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease. Many of the most common medical conditions these days are autoimmune, including Crohn’s disease, colitis, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. In these diseases, the body’s immune cells attack healthy, normal tissue as though it were a foreign invader. With MS, the immune cells attack the central nervous system along the brain and spinal cord.

As the immune system attacks the nervous system, inflammation develops. This damages the myelin sheath that protects the nerve cells. As this protective covering is damaged or destroyed, the nerve impulses slow greatly or even stop altogether.

The Progression of MS

MS is a progressive disease, which means that it will get worse over time. The rate at which the disease will progress is different from one person to the next and can be very slow or quite rapid. MS can develop and be diagnosed at any age, although it is most common for people to be diagnosed between the ages of twenty and forty. Studies show that women are more likely to be affected than men, and diagnostic rates are higher in the northern United States, southern Australia, and New Zealand.

The exact cause of Multiple Sclerosis is unknown. Scientists believe that the most likely causes are a genetic defect or perhaps a virus. Many believe that it is a combination of these two factors that results in the development and diagnosis of MS.

Comments (3)

Shirley Weinberger posted on: November 1, 2013

What can be done for pain that I have to go throuh everyday. I just don& 39;t know what to do anymore. I am depressed everyday. Hate getting up for the day.

Paul hobbs posted on: December 23, 2013

Recently diagnosed with ms. Constant pain getting
Worse everyday and disability. Any advice on how to get
Symptom free.

Daryl posted on: December 26, 2013

Hi Shirley and Paul,

There are many things that have helped me become symptom free, but everyone is different. I recommend reading my other blog posts for nutrition tips, exercise ideas, and many others.

After reading these if you have any specific questions please feel free to email me via the Contact Page of this site.



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