MS symptoms are unpredictable and variable. No two individuals possess the same symptoms, and therefore each individual of symptoms may vary over time. One individual may experience just a few of the symptoms while another individual encounters more. What is known as "reliability" is another factor in the unpredictability of MS symptoms. If one person experiences a severe flare up and is treated appropriately, other individuals can experience either no symptoms or very mild ones that they can easily manage on their own.
What is expected from individuals with MS is consistent treatment of the underlying metabolic cause of the disorder. That is to say that if your physician does not consider MS a primary or secondary disease, you do not need to seek any other form of treatment. Treating MS symptoms is done using a variety of medication regimens, some with anti-inflammatory benefits and others with immunosuppressive medications. However, the exact effects that you may experience from different drug regimens can be different from person to person. This is why it is always important to discuss your symptoms with your physician.
Two people with MS may experience very similar MS symptoms; however they will also exhibit completely different reactions to them. One individual with MS may respond to a certain drug very well while another individual may experience the opposite reaction. While it is impossible to determine with any accuracy what will happen to you personally, there is an increased possibility that you may experience some negative side effects from certain medications used in treating MS. These side effects can range from slight inconveniences to life threatening complications.
Anti-inflammatory medications may help relieve the majority of MS symptoms such as pain and stiffness. However, these types of drugs can cause significant side effects and increase the chance of developing cardiovascular problems. There are other medications available that may help alleviate the symptoms of MS, but these drugs may also cause unwanted side effects such as nausea, drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision. Therefore it is important that when considering treatment options for MS, you will need to carefully weigh the potential benefits vs. the side effects. For example, aspirin is one medication commonly prescribed for the control of inflammation and pain associated with MS.
Another medication commonly used in the management of MS is beta-blockers. However, this type of medication can also lead to several side effects and may cause a serious reduction of oxygen in the brain. These side effects include reduced mental alertness, decreased consciousness, coma, respiratory arrest, seizures and death in extremely rare circumstances. Medications for demyelination can also have similar side effects as beta blockers and can lead to severe infections and inflammation of the heart lining. As with all medications, you should discuss any possible side effects with your doctor or pharmacist and be sure to keep them in mind if you are considering taking any of these drugs.
The third option for treating MS symptoms is surgery. Surgical options include intersegmental cervical decompression, lumbar laminectomy and midline glossectomy. These procedures are used for patients whose symptoms are less common or for patients whose symptoms are too extreme for standard medications. While surgery is a possible treatment option for those suffering from more severe forms of MS, it should always be considered as an absolute last resort for those with demyelination or spinal cord compression.
The fourth option for treatment is to use non-surgical treatments. The most popular non-surgical treatment for MS is known as Coregistration. Coregistration involves the physical manipulation of the spine and extremities to encourage the restoration of proper movement. This technique has been shown to significantly ease the symptoms of MS in less than half of patients who underwent the procedure. Coregistration can be done with other methods of pain management such as exercise and massage therapy to further improve its effectiveness.
These are some of the most common ways of treating MS symptoms. As previously stated, no single treatment will work for every patient. A personalized form of treatment must be used in order to achieve optimal results. If your primary symptoms of optic neuritis are not addressed properly, you may not be able to overcome the disease and find peace of mind that your condition will gradually improve over time.
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