Multiple Sclerosis (also known as M.S.) is a neurological disorder; it is believed to be an autoimmune disease. This means that the body’s immune response is attacking the central nervous system. This results in inflammation of the myelin sheaths that protect the nerves in the brain and spine.
The disease is mainly diagnosed in young adults but can also be present in children and appear in the elderly later in life.
Multiple sclerosis presents itself in a variety of ways. Here is a list of some of these symptoms:
- Visual changes
- Bladder and bowel issues
- Weakness and fatigue
- Muscle spasms and tightness
- Cognitive impairment
- Moderate to severe pain
- Sensory impairment
So, why so many symptoms? The central nervous system integrates and responds to sensory information. This means that the spine acts as a conduit for signals travelling between the brain and the body. Since M.S. disrupts the message, it can affect people in various ways depending on the degree of their disease. For example, 50-70% of M.S. patients experience pain in various degrees. Learn more at https://www.greensociety.ca/
There are several drugs currently available to manage the symptoms. These drugs work by curbing the immune system so it doesn’t attack the myelin sheath. The side-effects for these drugs include aches, fatigue, fever and chill, but eventually subside. Some of the more potent drugs however have even harsher side effects. These can range from abnormal liver function, hair loss, increased risk of infection and slow heart rate. M.S. is an overwhelming disease; agonizing side-effects from medication designed to help, does not inspire much confidence… What if there was a better option?