Chronic Disease – What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Chronic Disease > Autoimmune > Inflammation > cytokines >CNS > Demyelination > Mitochondria Dysfunction > Oxidative Stress

What is a Chronic Disease? Chronic diseases last for at least 4 months consistently. It is a physical or mental condition that requires lots of time management in maintaining quality of life. Most of the time this illness is associated with pain. Chronic illnesses contain the same characteristics: lack of sleep or sleep disturbance, depression, stress, distress, isolation, and coping problems, all which affect the quality of life. 

Multiple Sclerosis is believed to be discovered by Charcot in 1868, who made the first real clear description of MS. MS is defined as an autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation that attacks the Central Nervous System (CNS) and destroys the myelinated sheets leading to lesions or plaques that block signals to vital organs, muscles, and the brain. Multiple, meaning many, and sclerosis, meaning scar (sclerae hardening, plaques, or lesions). MS is classified as a neurological disorder. It usually presents itself between the ages of 20-40 in adults, and more women than men suffer with the disease. MS develops differently in everyone and is hard to diagnose at first.

There are three different types of MS: relapsing and remitting (RRMS) (comes and goes), primary progressive (PPMS) and secondary progressive (SPMS). Most people start out with RRMS and continue into PPMS. Those 10% that start with PPMS have a totally different path and most medication will not work that work on RRMS.

Symptoms are:

  • Trouble walking
  • Feeling tired (fatigue)
  • Muscle weakness or spasms
  • Blurred or double-vision
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Sexual problems
  • Poor bladder or bowel control
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Problems focusing or remembering

Diet > Supplements > Exercise

Co-occurring risk factors are poor diet and low physical activity.

Diet

  • Paleo (hunter -gatherers) Terry Wahls eliminating,
  • low fat plant-based diet,
  • Swank-low saturated Fats,
  • Diet Mimicking fasting (DMF),
  • Ketogenic
  • Mediterranean

Supplements:

  • Vit A
  • D3
  • nanocurcumin,
  • omega fatty acids
  • coenzyme Q10
  • ginger
  • copper to Zinc

Exercise

Dr. Oz stated that “people who are physically active do better with MS.” According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, exercise (such as yoga, swimming, or Pilates) helps people with MS better manage their symptoms, including fatigue. Dr Oz said in order to manage MS, keep moving, especially walking.

Health psychology contains a field of research called Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). This body/mind/immune research has looked at MS and the therapies that may help.

  • Massage Therapy,
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga,
  • Acupuncture
  • Reflexology
  • Meditation
  • Essential oils / CBD

Organizations websites

  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation www.facebook.com/MultipleSclerosisFoundation
  • American Academy of Neurology www.aan.com
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society www.nationalmssociety.org
  • North American Research Committee on MS https://ijmsc.org/doi/pdf/10.7224/1537-2073-8.3.110
  • Multiple Sclerosis Association of America mymsaa.org

I hope this information was helpful!

 

To Your Health!
Margie

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