The study of MS has been going on for decades. This autoimmune disease is also known as encephalomyelitis disseminata. Jean-Martin Charcot was the first to describe Multiple Sclerosis in the year of 1868. The definition of this disease refers to it as an autoimmune disease. Inflammation of the nerve cells is caused when the immune system attacks perfectly healthy nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As cells are damaged, the myelin sheath surrounding each nerve can no longer send the appropriate signals needed. Nerve cells are supposed to keep the brain and body in contact with one another. A reduction in the ability to transmit electrical impulses effectively causes an abundance of symptoms and signs.

People react differently to the way the lesions form on the brain and spinal cord. Some experience mild symptoms and others can have symptoms which are so severe that they lose most of their mobility. The age of the person could also affect the severity of symptoms. For instance, MS generally affects people between the ages of 20 and 40, but a 20-year-old body might respond to treatment quicker than that of a 40 year old.

It’s also been noted in a number of studies that twice as many women are diagnosed with the common form of MS; RRMS. Though it is rare in kids, MS can still occur in children. An oddity that researchers have been working on is that pre-puberty diagnoses tend to have more males than females and vice versus after puberty has set in.

Treating symptoms associated with MS allows people to function with much more mobility and independence. Stopping inflammation is the best way to reduce the severity of symptoms by preventing a build-up of lesions on the brain and spinal cord.


Causes and Symptoms of MS


The causes connected to MS are thought to be genetic, environmental, and an illness of some sort. In any of these instances, the immune system becomes agitated and starts attacking nerve cells. Reducing stress, boosting the immune system, and taking the proper medication are all ways to manage the causes of MS. Researchers also believe family members of individuals diagnosed with MS share a higher risk of testing positive for MS as well.

Symptoms can come and go, increase in severity over time, or become more severe rather rapidly. Up to 50 symptoms are connected to encephalomyelitis disseminate and these can include; blurred vision, slurred speech, numbness, tingling, fatigue, lack of coordination, loss of balance, problems with maintaining bladder and bowel control, muscle weakness, tremors, and spasms. Managing symptoms as aggressively as possible is the key remaining as independent as possible.


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