People often wonder, ‘How do you get MS?’ It’s impossible to contract Multiple Sclerosis through contact with and MS patient. So, how do you get Multiple Sclerosis? This disease isn’t transferred from one another via blood, saliva, or any other bodily fluid. It is actually an autoimmune disease, so the immune system is to blame. The immune system is supposed to protect the body from foreign bacteria, viruses, diseases, and other illnesses. In MS patients, the immune system begins attacking the nerve cells. The reason the immune system decides to act this way is still a mystery to doctors and researchers.
When the nerve cells undergo attack, their myelin sheath is damaged. This outer covering is in place to help the cells send electrical impulses between the body and the brain. As the sheath becomes damaged, the signals lose their efficiency, thus rending the body nearly helpless as the disease progresses. The damage done to each nerve cell often shows up on MRI scans in the form of scar tissue, or lesions. These lesions could be active and causing a current selection of symptoms or dormant.
Lesions on the spinal cord generally affect muscle control. A person with MS who has lesions present on the spinal cord might not be able to walk easily, a loss of bladder or bowel control could be present, or muscle spasms could occur. Brain lesions affect memory, sense of balance, cognitive thinking, and speech. These are by no means all the symptoms possible.
Management of MS after Diagnosis
Managing Multiple Sclerosis requires a change in lifestyle. You will most likely have good days that make you think the MS has completely gone and others where it makes itself very well-known. Treatments include medications, physical therapy, support groups, eating a healthy diet, and adding in a bit of exercise to maintain strength and flexibility.
Knowing the answer to, ‘How do you get MS?’ will help you understand at least a little bit about the disease. After a diagnosis has been made, the doctor will prescribe the appropriate medication for the symptoms you are experiencing as well as for the type of MS you were diagnosed with. When learning how to manage MS, patients tend to ask the question, ‘How do you get Multiple Sclerosis treatments to work properly?’ and most doctors have concluded that MS treatment can sometimes require trial and error. If a specific medication isn’t achieving the purpose it was created for, then a new one will be tried. Every person is unique and responds to medication differently. It might take a few times to find a medication that does its job without causing bad side effects.