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Your Multiple Sclerosis Questions Answered

May 17, 2008
There are more than one million people in the world today that are affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Each day more people discover that they have this disease and need to know more about what their future looks like and how they can lead an active lifestyle. It is completely normal to be scared when you are first diagnosed.

Many people have thought this diagnosis was a death sentence but have come to find out that their lives were far from over. If we are to understand and bring acceptance to the world community for people afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis, we must first be educated ourselves on what the disease actually is and how it affects our daily lives. Perhaps this article can help shed light and bring some knowledge on a disease that has largely remained in the dark for so many years.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a condition in which the myelin in the body is attacked by the body's own white blood cells and antibodies. The myelin acts like a coat around the nerve. Without the myelin, the nerve is exposed and damage begins to occur to the sheath surrounding the nerve and finally the nerve itself is damaged.

With damage comes scarring. The scarring prevents or slows down the body's nerve signals that control several functions such as strength, sensation, and vision and muscle coordination.

Is there a cure for MS?

The sad reality is that at this present time there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis. There are medications that can slow down the progression of the disease but even the use of these medicines cannot always stop the disease enough in some patients. For those with extensive nerve damage there is nothing doctors can do to repair the damage.

Medical science, though very advanced when compared to two hundred years ago, still has boundaries that it has not been able to break. Hopefully with enough education and funding there will be a cure and people can finally be free from MS.

Are there any risk factors?

Unfortunately science and the medical community still does not know enough about Multiple Sclerosis to know how and why some people get the disease and why some do not. They do not know what causes a healthy person's immune system to begin attacking their own body. They think that genetics does play a role but are not sure how big of a role it does play and what factors contribute to this genetic legacy or how, if at all, it will be passed down.

How can I manage my life with MS?

You will manage it the very same way you did before you found out you had Multiple Sclerosis. It does not mean the end of your life. Yes, you may have to make some adjustments but you can get through them.

If you have difficulty walking because of partial paralysis you can use a wheelchair or a cane. The doctors and healthcare community can help you overcome the disabilities associated with this disease. You need to stop it, not let it stop you.

How can I help a loved one cope with MS?

The very first thing you can do is to become educated. The more you know about MS the more you can help your loved one cope with their diagnosis. It is important for you to allow them all the space they need in order to come to terms with this. It is a hard thing to hear from a doctor.

Far too much misinformation was given in the past. People did not understand how they could have MS and still have a normal life. You can be there to support them, listen to them cry and help them back to their feet.
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