Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease which masks itself as other diseases. More women than men are generally diagnosed with MS. MS is chronic and attacks the central nervous system. It is unknown as to what causes MS. Medical experts theorize it may be a virus, environmental, hereditary or a combination of these factors.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) more than 2.1 million people in the world have MS. The NMSS states, ʺapproximately 400,000 Americans have MS, and every hour someone is newly diagnosed.ʺ
If you have MS, there is a communication breakdown between the brain and other parts of the body.
Symptoms of MS, provided by the NMSS website include:
• Vision issues
• Balance and coordination issues
• Bladder dysfunction
• Bowel dysfunction
If you have one or several of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. There is not a test to diagnose MS. Your doctor may conduct several tests to eliminate other possible diseases to see if you have MS.
A recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience said, ʺThe new study offers the first firm evidence to date that, at least in the case of multiple sclerosis, the cells are descendant from normal astrocytes.ʺ The study was conduct by researchers at the University of California, Davis.
According to Futurity magazine, "Astrocytes are collectively called astroglia, are the 'helper cells' of the central nervous system, offering biochemical support and providing nutrients to neurons found in the brain and spinal cord.ʺ
Currently, there is no cure for MS. However, there are medications to slow the progression of the disease.
Additional resources for MS include the following:
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
or in the Fort Lauderdale area (954) 776-6800
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America