Multiple Sclerosis

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Questions???

 

 

Have you ever wondered what caused your MS?

Why you have MS?

Why you?

Well, I have asked myself those exact same questions repeatedly and I have done a ton of research only to produce the same answers every time.

According to the Mayo clinic, in MS the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes problems between your brain and the rest of your body.

When your myelin is damaged it can’t send the correct signals to your brain and CNS (central nervous system). That leads to the symptoms we get as MS patients, Symptoms that often affect movement: 

  • Numbness or Weakness in one or more limbs at a time that typically occur in one side of your body at a time, or your legs and trunk.
  •  Tremor, Lack of Movement or Unsteady Gait.
  • Electric shock sensations that with certain neck movements, especially bending the neck forward. (Lhermitte sign)

Vision Problems are most common, including:

  • Partial or Complete loss of vision, usually in one eye at a time, usually with pain during eye movement.
  •  Prolonged Doubled Vision.
  • Blurry Vision.

Basic MS Symptoms May Include:

  • Slurred Speech.
  • Fatigue.
  • Dizziness.
  • Tingling and Pain in parts of body.
  • Problems with Sexual Bowel and Bladder function.

 

 

Hereditary Factors

MS does not seem to be an inherited disease, meaning you cannot pass it from cousin to cousin. However, there is a genetic risk in the general population. The risk of developing MS for the general population is 1 to 750 – 1,000. But, in identical twins the risk is much higher, if one twin has MS, the percentage of the other twin having MS is 1 in 4. The degree of having MS increases in first degree relatives such as (siblings, parents, and children), but far less than identical twins.

Small amount of about 200 genes have been identified that contribute the overall risk of MS.

 Research is ongoing to better understand genetic risk and other factors that contribute to the development of MS.

Miscillaneous Factors

It just so happens that MS is more common the further down you are to the equator, Epidemiologists – scientists who study disease patterns in large groups of people – are looking at Varification in geography, demographics (age, gender, and ethnic background) genetics, infectious causes, and migration patterns to understand why.

Smoking Factors

According to The National MS Society webpage smoking plays an important role in MS. However, studies show that if you quit smoking whether it be before you get diagnosed with MS or while diagnosed it will slow the progression of the disability.

 

Vitamin D

We all know Vitamin D deficiency isn’t good for patients with MS so as well can all expect Vitamin D plays a huge role when it comes to MS. Some researchers believe that natural sunlight (the natural source of Vitamin D) may help explain the north – south distribution of MS. People who live closer south have higher levels of Vitamin D, which is thought to make the immune system stronger against MS. Vitamin D is a very essential vitamin to our bodies.

Obesity

Studies have said that if you were obese especially in your childhood or adolescence as a female, you have a higher risk of developing MS. Early adulthood obesity may lead to other MS related symptoms that could be high risk.