1838 – 1868 First Finding
An autopsy dating back to 1838 were among the first sightings of MS. The report included detailed images, these images showed what we now know as plaques or scar tissue (caused by inflammation in the central nervous system).
A French professor named Jean-Martin Charcot made an association between another woman’s autopsy. She exhibited tremors, slurred speech, irregular eye movements when alive.
Charcot correctly assumed the lesions made the symptoms happen. But he did not know what caused the mysterious disease. He wanted to describe the disease and give it a name. At that time, he offered no suggestion for treatment.
1870’s Official Recognition
In the 1870’s MS was FINALLY recognized as a disease! Two neurologists, Dr. Walter Moxen in England, and Dr. Edward Seguin in New York observed a range of many people.
They learned that MS affects females more than males, that MS isn’t strictly genetic. Also, parents didn’t necessarily pass the disease down to their children.
As you all may know the first half of the 20th century saw a boom of medical breakthroughs that helped the medical community study the progression and symptoms of MS. It is now possible to do all those cool things that you could never do before like detect abnormalities in spinal cord fluid.
Dr. Thomas Rivers of New York’s Rockefeller Institute proved through the testing of lab animals that MS is not a viral disease of the immune system.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society was established in the 1940’s, they continue to support MS.
1960’s The Immune System
Even an idea that MS was linked to the immune system was still being explored throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s. The connection wasn’t made until the next decade.
1960’s the doctors and researchers knew that they had one theory, the immune system attacked the myelin coating of the nerves and acted like an autoimmune disease.
1980’s First MRI for MS
Major technological Advances in magnetic resonance imaging, and it became a useful diagnostic tool for MS. According to an article in Healthline 1981, an MRI was first used to view the brain of someone with MS. This new technology shows damage incurred by MS even when people didn’t experience outward symptoms.
1990’s Drug Treatments
The 1990’s scientists came out with more effective drug treatments or actually drug treatments in general because before 1990’s there really were not any.
So now they could treat MS more effectively especially now that they know more about it.
2000’s: Still, We Fight
It’s still unknown what causes MS or demyelinating lesions but according to Healthline a study in 2012 of Neurology reported that vitamin D may protect against MS. Another study in the Annals of Neurology proposed that oxygen may help prevent damage.
I know I’ve said something about Vitamin D before. I take a lot of Vitamin to boost my moods and to help my MS.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and many other organizations continue to search for treatment/research to improve the quality of life for people with MS.