What Is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple Sclerosis is a health disorder that affects the central nervous system, including the spinal cord and the brain. It is an inflammatory disorder, whereby, the white blood cells that fight infections get into the nervous system and cause some level of injury. MS is a long-term condition that can affect anyone.
What Factors Contribute to the Development of MS?
First off, the cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown, since the immune system of the body attacks its own tissues. However, some factors can lead to high risks of MS development in the body. They include the following;
• Gender. Women are more susceptible than men.
• Age. It mostly occurs between fifteen and sixty.
• Race. People from Northern Europe are at a higher risk than others.
• Climate. Temperate climate regions are more susceptible than other areas.
• Various conditions like diabetes or thyroid disease.
What are the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?
The MS symptoms will range from one patient to another, and they include the following;
• Difficulty in walking
• Itchiness and numbness in specific body parts
• Weakness in the body
• Blurred vision, mostly double vision.
• Abnormal urination.
What are the Treatment Options?
Unfortunately, MS has no cure, though treatment approaches are applied to enhance the recovery periods and inhibit its progression in the body. In some people, the condition is considered too mild to require any treatment. Some of the treatments that reduce the MS attacks include the following;
• Plasmapheresis/Plasma Exchange. Here, a liquid portion of your plasma/blood is removed and split from the blood cells, then the blood cells are mixed with an albumin and returned to the body.
• Corticosteroids. These include intravenous methylprednisolone and oral prednisone, and they are administered to alleviate nerve inflammation in the body. Patients can experience mood swings, fluid retention, blood pressure and insomnia with this treatment.
What is the Prognosis for Multiple Sclerosis?
A lot of people misconceive that MS is a disorder that causes rapid disability. Conversely, many people live a normal, healthy life even without the MS treatment. Some patients were able to walk properly without difficulties after twenty-five years with no treatment. However, some patients’ MS condition are very delicate, and it leads to further disability. The best way to stay healthy without any possible disability risks is by consulting a professional for further diagnosis and treatment.
Kentucky Neurology and Rehab is a licensed and accredited health institution that offers valuable services to patients with neurological-based disorders. The clinic also offers rehab services where applicable that can improve the patients mobility and longevity.