Thursday, July 25, 2013

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that hits close to home. I have two uncles that suffer from the disease, while each case is as horrid as the next; each one has a complete different experience. While my uncle whom has had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis since he was in his mid twenties and know in his late sixties, his disease has taken the fast track and his legs are now almost unable to use at all. My other uncle who was diagnosed in his thirties, who is now in his forties only has the symptoms of eye blurriness and sometimes tingling in his arms or legs. With seeing Multiple Sclerosis in two different people, in two completely different forms it makes your mind wonder how Multiple Sclerosis affects each individual’s body.

Multiple Sclerosis or also known as MS is a chronological disease of the nervous system. When one gets Multiple Sclerosis, it attacks their central nervous system. This usually can affect their brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Multiple Sclerosis is thought to be caused by multiple environmental factors. There are doctors that will claim that Multiple Sclerosis can be autoimmune disease, while other doctors claim that the specific target of the immune system has not been identified. When an individual gets Multiple Sclerosis, the fatty substance around their nerve fibers gets damaged. The damaged fat will form a scar tissue, which leads to sclerosis, which gives it its name. Once all of the nerve fibers are damaged, it will destroy nerve impulses from the brain traveling to and from and to the spinal cord, which then leads to the symptoms. Along with each individual that gets the disease of Multiple Sclerosis, it will affect each individual in a different way. The rate of the disease, along with the symptoms that one receives will all vary.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis can include:
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness
  • Walking, Standing, Balance problems
  • Bladder/Bowel Dysfunction
  • Vision Problems
  • Dizziness
  • Pain
  • Emotional Problems
  • Depression

There are not primary cures for Multiple Sclerosis. There are many treatments and strategies that are being looked at to help stop Multiple Sclerosis. They have hope that they will help stop or prevent the Multiple Sclerosis.



  1. Do you know if anyone is looking into a cure? I would think that trying to repair the missing or damaged fatty substance around the nerves. Of course, this would be a rather delicate operation, but I think it would be the right place to start.

  2. I do know that through the research that I did that they are looking for a cure. They said that one has yet to be found. They are trying different treatments that they are hoping will help with Multiple Sclerosis and in finding a cure. Other than that, not much information has been found.

  3. We will read about a new stem cell treatment in module 12 that may one day lead to a treatment for MS.