People afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis experience several symptoms which are the result of the nerves getting damaged. One of the advanced subtypes is Multiple Sclerosis Paraplegia. This usually means paralysis and loss of sensation in both legs and also paralysis of all or part of the torso. The extent of the paralysis depends on the level of damage to the spinal cord. Sometimes with treatment the paralysis disappears, but the nerve damage is irreparable. Treatment is aimed at helping a patient to compensate for the paralysis with the help of mechanical devices, along with psychological and physical therapy.

In adults, paraplegia is most likely caused by multiple Sclerosis; hence the term Multiple Sclerosis Paraplegia. It is a very rare condition and when it occurs, it is due to an advanced subtype of Multiple Sclerosis, where the nerves have been damaged to such an extent that paralysis sets in. However, in all cases of Multiple Sclerosis treatment is highly recommended at the very onset, to prevent the damage from progressing and eventually leading to Multiple Sclerosis Paraplegia.


Effects of Multiple Sclerosis Paraplegia


Multiple Sclerosis Paraplegia causes impairment in the motor or sensory functions of the lower limbs. While some people affected by this can walk to a small extent, most people are dependent on wheelchairs and other supportive measures. Multiple Sclerosis Paraplegia also results in some or complete loss of sensation in the limbs. Multiple Sclerosis Paraplegia can often lead to impotence and various degrees of urinary and bowel incontinence. These can be offset to a large extent with the use of catheters, bowel management system and digital stimulation of the bowels. With successful bladder and bowel management, people affected by this disorder can prevent practically all accidental urinary and bowel discharges.


Dealing with Multiple Sclerosis Paraplegia


People affected by Multiple Sclerosis Paraplegia will require help to come to terms with this condition. Medication may help to some extent and it can prevent further damage. Physiotherapy too helps in strengthening weak muscles. However if paralysis has set it one would need a change in lifestyle. The patient may require help, in the form of counselling, in dealing with a new way of leading his or her life. Care must be taken to ensure that they do not fall into a depression.