Multiple sclerosis (MS), a life long chronic disease, causes damage to your nerve cell’s protective myelin sheath resulting in message disruption between your brain and the rest of your body. The cause of which is unknown, but many in science believe its an autoimmune disease.
Very rarely life threatening, multiple sclerosis commonly displays between age 20-40 with a series of attacks followed by some level of remission. MS attacks may be mild, severe, long, short and present in a combination of symptoms, like:
- balance issues
- muscle weakness
- speech hindrance
- blindness in one eye
- euphoria, depression
- blurred, double vision
- coordination problems
- muscle tremors, spasticity, spasms
- abnormal sensations ~ numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”
- cognitive impairments ~ thinking, memory, concentration, judgment
As the disease progresses you may experience:
- sexual dysfunction
- bowel, bladder control loss
In over half the cases of multiple sclerosis, external temperature or exercise temporarily exacerbate their balance, coordination, muscle weakness and numbness symptoms. For many, a cold environment, bath for example, is a course for this relief. Along with the obvious preventative step of avoiding excessive heat and activity.
MS has a natural tendency to go into remission “out of the blue”, with or without a course of treatment. In fact, many do well without any medication at all. However, many lifestyle adjustments are made during periods of symptom relapses.
Anti inflammatory steroids have historically been used for lessening duration and severity of some MS attacks. Other medications, FDA approved or experimental, are available to assist those with this mysteriously acting disease. Yet, many carry with them serious drug side effects and risks, i.e. interferon.
Alternative forms for multiple sclerosis treatment are abundant, and not without controversy. Educating yourself and taking a buyer beware approach is prudent in discovering your particular answers.
The one thing for sure about this balance loss, coordination deficit, muscle weakness and numbness provoking disease is that it has multiple, unique and individual effects.
Your pathway to living with MS may involve a mix of traditional and alternative treatment, or merely basic maintenance of health through special attention to diet and a tolerated form of exercise.