My MS symptoms began about a year ago when I developed a cough that would not go away. The cough did go away, but the symptoms kept returning. My doctor then diagnosed me with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The doctor explained that the disease is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system and that it had been brought on by someone else, possibly me. I was devastated and not aware that such a disease could exist.
Recently, another individual shared with me his story about how he too had to go through MS symptoms and an equally devastating diagnosis. His case was quite different from mine in that he was not a former smoker and did not have congestive heart failure. He was a successful entrepreneur and despite having MS, he was still able to work at his job and look after his family as well. It was when he went for an MRI that the doctor explained that his symptoms were that of central nervous system myelinopathy and that the disease had also started in the brain. The diagnosis of MS came quickly after this.
The disease is now known to be a chronic and progressive disorder of the central nervous system and affects millions of people globally. In addition to the classic features of MS, there are other less common ones like Parkinsonism, rigidity, decreased balance, tremor, rigidity and impulsivity. It is not known if the condition occurs in all cases or only some of them and the fact that it is not contagious or inherited has led scientists to conclude that there is no known cure for it. As a result, there is a growing interest from the medical community in finding out how a patient's lifestyle can alter to bring about relief from the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. It is well known that stress, diet and exercise have a direct impact on the long-term health and wellness of the individual and many researchers are now looking into these areas to find out if there are any links to the development of MS.
Anecdotal evidence points to the fact that stress, dietary changes and alterations in daily living as factors which can induce the development of MS symptoms. MS experts are now recommending changes in diet and exercise as ways to reduce the risk of developing MS. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has been advising patients to include walking alone and to increase their daily calorie intake by 150 calories per day. According to your GP, MS patients who are advised to take regular walks may slow down the progression of their disease. Patients should also include a diet rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, fruits and vegetables in their daily menu planning as these foods have been found to control muscle pain associated with MS.
Muscle wasting, rigidity and weakness have been found to be common MS symptoms in most MS patients. Researchers say that this weakness or spasticity may occur due to the abnormal distribution of nerve fibers in the body and can result in pain and other discomforts. MS experts say that one of the most common multiple sclerosis symptoms is the presence of rigidity and weakness. Rigidity can affect the movement of the arms and hands, while weakness results to decreased ability to move these parts of the body. MS experts say that the most common symptom of rigidity or weakness is severe fatigue. Fatigue is commonly mistaken for exhaustion and therefore, it is important for MS patients to know the difference between the two.
Weakness is also one of the MS symptoms, which can be a major problem in its later stages. Some MS gels have been found to control fatigue and to improve vision. MS gels which contain choline and vitamin B6 have been found to be beneficial in improving vision in MS sufferers. One of the first symptoms associated with MS is depression, which can lead to further problems if it is not treated early on.
MS gels which reduce the level of serotonin in the brain can reduce pain and other MS symptoms. MS neurologists say that the introduction of natural pain killers such as aspirin and ibuprofen is an effective way to control MS pain. However, if the use of pain relievers is not controlled, then a neurologist may prescribe muscle relaxants instead. For a person who is experiencing rigidity and weakness, a person should consider walking as a way to relieve the stress, which can help reduce the gait difficulties associated with MS. A patient who has had MS should always talk with his or her doctor before embarking on any exercise regimen.
MS relapses are often triggered by stress. However, there are many other things that can trigger relapses. Sometimes, lifestyle changes can also result in MS relapses. Thus, it is important to keep track of one's MS symptoms and the factors that contribute to its occurrence. These factors should be discussed with a health care professional and a medical specialist such as a neurologist, MS nurse, or occupational therapist. A healthcare professional can recommend the most appropriate therapy that addresses the MS symptoms and the factors that can trigger relapses of the disease.
Oren Zarif - Psychokinesis