06 Aug What happens in MS? Is everyone’s MS the same?
Your immune system is your body’s natural defense system which helps your body fight against infections.
Your central nervous system contains nerve cells that process information and communicate messages to and from different areas of your body triggering a response, it controls EVERYTHING that goes on in your body,
If you have MS you’ve probably heard the word “myelin sheath” well that’s the coating that covers your nerve ending and well us guys with MS are losing it! That’s what’s causes our lesions in our brains and spinal cords.
When our “myelin sheath” is damaged or degenerated, the process of nerve signals get hampered or delayed,
You all know we used to be fast at something but now you will realize someone in the corner whispering ” That person is just too slow” or some snide remark.
After an attack, your body is able to repair itself to some extent, However in the earlier stages of MS, your body has the ability to replace the damaged myelin (called demyelination), although it tends to be thinner than unaffected myelin so the messages may not travel as fast as they did before. Your brain also has the ability to reroute messages to avoid an area of damage so that messages can still get through – this is known as plasticity.
MS is thought to be an autoimmune and neurodegenerative condition. Autoimmune because your body is attacking healthy cells and neurodegenerative because the loss of myelin can leave nerves exposed and more vulnerable to long-lasting damage.
Is everyone’s MS the same?
No, everyone’s MS is different. MS is divided into three main types:
Most Neuros like to use just two groups of MS relapsing – remitting and primary – progressive MS
Sometimes there can be some doubt as to which type you have, especially when you’re first diagnosed.
If you do not know what kind of MS you have you can always ask your Neuro or your MS specialist
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