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world Multiple Sclerosis day is 31st May.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system, the white matter that surround the nerve fiber hardens, and term

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central (cerebrospinal) nervous system. In this disorder, the white matter surrounding nerve fibers becomes hardened. The term multiple sclerosis (MS) literally means “many scars.” The hardened areas of nerve tissue are called plaques. The symptoms, severity, and course of multiple sclerosis are highly variable, depending partly on the sites of the plaques and the extent of the deterioration of the white matter. The deterioration of white matter in the nervous system slows nerve impulses leading to nervous system incoordination.

 

Multiple sclerosis,(MS) is an immune disorder, where the immune system  of the body is directed against the central nervous system, (CNS) though the precise antigen that are sensitized to attack are not known,  it refered to as immune mediated rather than auto-immune.

The fact sheet of MS is as follows – common in the age spectrum of 20 -50yrs, more in women than in men, though people of all ethnic origins are known to have it , the dominant ethnic community seems of European descend. The susceptibility  appears to be passed genetically.  The incidence rates higher further away from the equator, this leads to the belief that exposure to sunlight could impact the MS risk.

The manifestation is through various symptoms and that depends on the area of central nervous system that is affected. There could be visual disturbance, blurring of vision, double vision, optic neuritis, involuntary rapid eye movement, and sometimes, loss of total eye sight. Since the neuromuscular system is challenged there could loss in balance, tremor, difficulty in walking, giddiness, clumsiness, weakness and fatgue. Altered muscle tone can produce spasms or muscle stiffness. A person with MS may experience tingling a burning feeling in the area of body facial and/or muscle pain. Speech could be disturbed, like there could be slurring, or slowing of rhythm. There could be increased sensitivity to heat, short term memory may be challenged, concentration and judgement or reason could be altered depression is another common symptom.

The MS-Society  says that people with MS on an average have 7 years less than the longitivity of the general population, the cause of death im most cases is same as what happens to most MS free population, that would include  cardio-pulmonary disorder or cancer. What is effected however is the quality of life., though people do not become severely disabled, they do experience symptoms that cause pain, discomfort and inconvenience.

It is difficult to predict the progress of MS in peole, the severity of disease varies  about 20%  with MS exhibit no symptoms or exhibit mild symptoms. About 45% exhibit moderate issues.   The course becomes unpredictable as the signs of onset are very benign and more disabling or devastating, from medical perspective it is regarded as incurable.

The patterns can put into 4 types.

  1. Relapsing- remitting MS seen in about 25% of the MS sufferers, the relapses are unpredictable, the relapse occurs with either new symptoms manifesting or aggravation of existing symptoms. The remission or recovery can occur either in days or months, and it might be partial or total recovery. This is a pattern seen in younger people.
  2. Benign MS is seen about 20% of the cases where a person has one or two attacks with complete recovery, this does not worsen with time, the disability is not permanent, and is associated with less severe symptoms at onset.
  3. Secondary progressive MS seen in about 40% of cases and is the commonest, it onset may be the relapse-remission  pattern  as the disease progresses the disability increases.
  4. Primary progressive MS seen in15% of the cases is characterized by slow onset and progressively worsens. There is accumulation of deficits and disability.

The symptoms of MS are usually first noted between the ages of 30 and 50. Women develop the disease almost twice as often as men.

 

The risk factors that could indicate a greater chance of developing a severe form are

  1. Age – over 40yrs on the intial onset of symptoms.
  2. If the symptoms affect more than one area of the body.
  3. The intial symptoms affects the mental, urinary or motor controls.

As cure is not identified we go with managing, and prognosis can be predicted.

  • The frequency of symptom attack.
  • The duration between the attacks.
  • The percentage of recovery from each attack.
  • The involvement of sensory impulses like tingling, vision loss or numbness.

The treatment of MS is more symptomatic and  aimed at reducing the underlying inflammation caused by immune system attack on the nervous system.  The aim of therapy is more rehabilitative and focused to improving quality by improving coordination, and developing coping strategies. There is a need to change attitudes, lifestyles and the patient will have to avoid heat. Maintainance of genral health is important and also proper diet, rest and exercise and priorities to conserve energy.

I found Edgcar Cayce’s take very interesting, to him MS was resultant of chemical imbalance due to failure of the glandular system producing the substances that NS requires for self maintainance. His focus was glands associated with the liver, Edgar Cayce noted that nervous system does not function in isolation from rest of the body. the cycle of nutrition supply and removal ofwaste product had to be constant, any lapse in this would result in the detoriation of nervous system. Though he was not able to pinpoint the precise detoriation.

Though Edgar Cayce’s MS  reading are oriented towards physical pathology, he also emphasizes on mental and spiritual patterns, many begin with this karmic condition and that mental and spiritual attitudes of the afflicted person would be addressed if there was to be healing.

Glands are believed to be spiritual centers of the body, the key centers of the body/soul connection, presumably soul patterns from past lives can play out in this manner.

Emotional make up of MS patients exhibits a certain amount of mental hardness, stubbornness and inflexibility.

Edgar Cayce suggest the intial step as change in person’s attitude, an understanding of why the symptoms manifested. This understanding can help the individual heal. He then recommended massages, wet battery vibrations where gold chloride was the primary solution used. He also recommended dietary changes where friend and highly processed food was avoided and diet was balanced with vegetables and fruits. Sea food was considered beneficial, primary meats were acceptable.

Please note this article is just for information. And not for self diagnosis or therapy.

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