Miracles have been created in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Since the mid 1990s a flood of medications have been invented that slow the illness. Find an expert, get some help. The right guide is needed through the many, many medicine and non-medicine treatments. With a good guide you have the chance to live as long, as healthy, and as happy a rest-of-your-life as possible.
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What It Does
Something doesn’t work right for a bit then goes back to normal. Later, something else is off. This time the new trouble fades but does not go away completely. The something here and something there can be almost anything and almost anywhere. It doesn’t come and go all at once. One comes and goes then another comes and goes, like stage actors in a play.
Here Are A Few Examples
Maybe a bit of trouble walking. Maybe tired all the time, fatigued. Some odd bladder problem. Vision not right. A muscle that refuses to work. Nerve tingles somewhere. Sexually you’ve seemed to go dead. You can’t think clearly for awhile. A new pain somewhere. Bowels not working right. Your mood is down though you’re always a cheerful person. The list goes on. Trying to identify such an illness in the old days was a problem. Trying to identify it early was nearly impossible. MS used to be called the great imitator because, early on, it can mimic so many illnesses. The good news is that there are now new ways to find MS early. Finding it early means treatment can start right away. With early treatment life goes better.
What It Is
MS is an illness caused by your body’s immune system attacking your nervous system. It’s the most common illness of this type. Your nervous system connects to everywhere. From one part of your brain to another, from parts of your brain to all parts of your body. What goes wrong and where and when it goes wrong is pretty random. Trouble is, over time it all starts to add up to disabling.
MS Hits During The Best Years
MS hits young to middle age adults in their best career years. People age about 20 to 50. It’s more common in women than men, about 2 or 3 times as many women as men. As we said above, it’s a common disorder. The most common neurological disability in this age range.
Treatment for MS
It can be treated. It can be but it takes a lot of work. There is no complete cure (yet) but many companies are working on it. See our article on MS treatment to learn more (https://www.neuroscirandd.com/multiple-sclerosis-treatment/). The medicines we have are effective.
What About Other Than Medicines
Physical therapy is a great help. Keep moving, stay with exercising, build muscle, stay strong. Your whole treatment plan will be aimed at keeping and improving all that you can do.
What About “Alternative Medicine”
Whoa! Bad idea. Alternative medicine in MS is a trap. The whole bunch of “alternate” treatments doesn’t work. Many people will try anything out of desperation. But none of these work. If you like one that is harmless, that’s fine. But it won’t treat the MS.
Types of MS
There are different types. It can start is different ways. It can get better or worse in different ways. These different patterns are divided into 4 main types.
First Type – RRMS
The 1st type, the most common type, is called relapsing-remitting MS, or RRMS. It starts, gets worse, and then gets better. It might stay better for months or years. But sometimes it does not get all the way better. Over several or many years these small bits of “not all the way better” can add up to a real disability.
Second Type – PPMS
A 2nd type that hits about 1 out of 10 people who get MS is called primary progressive MS, or PPMS. Once it starts it never gets better. There are not a lot of good things to say about this type.
Third Type – SPMS
Those who get the 1st type, RRMS, at some point get worse with the 3rd type, called secondary progressive MS, or SPMS. Those small problems that happen with RRMS add up. Eventually they add up to bigger problems, a real disability. There might be some occasional getting better but overall the person is not doing well.
Fourth Type – CIS
The last type, the 4th type, is an odd type. It’s called Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS). One gets MS for a day or more then it goes away. It might never come back. But… It might return and turn into real MS, the RRMS. Most of the time doctors can do a brain image and know who with CIS will have another attack and who will not.
So What Eventually Happens?
It depends. That’s why finding MS early is so important. If is it found early and the person works hard with a doctor and the whole treatment team, these days most people can live a full lifespan. If the person has MS for a long time before it is found he or she might have a much worse time of it. Same if the individual does not or cannot work hard on the treatment plan.
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke
National Library of Medicine (United States), Medline Plus
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Mayo Clinic