An interesting fact about Multiple Sclerosis is that it is found most per capita in Canada. Why is this? No one knows for sure. Another interesting fact is that if you are a woman between the ages of 20-50 you are more likely to get the disease. It is also more common in people of European descent.
No one really knows why any of this happens. In fact, they don’t even know what causes MS in the first place. It could be the destruction of the immune system, it could be a failure of the myelin producing cells, it could be environmental and it could be genetic. Of course, it could also be a combination of things and it’s very likely that the cause differs from one person to the next.
What they do know is that MS is a demyelinating disease which means the insulating covers of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. What this means is that parts of the central nervous system can’t communicate like it should which leads to all sorts of problems. Sufferers can have double vision, be blind in one eye, have muscle weakness, coordination problems, sensation problems and a whole host of other things besides. There is also fatigue, cognitive impairment, pain, incontinence, anxiety, depression, ataxia and spasms that may be present in the disease and these may differ from patient to patient in severity and length.
While there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis just yet, researchers are working every day to untangle its mysteries. It is the most common immune mediated disorder that affects the central nervous system and some doctors think that physical therapy can help in lessening the effects of some of the symptoms. Of course there are drugs and regimes that people can follow to lessen the symptoms when there is a flare up as well.
Although little is known about Multiple Sclerosis, we do know that the life expectancy of someone diagnosed with it is only 5-10 years shorter than the average which is good news all things considered.
If you have been diagnosed with MS you are not alone and you can rest assured that there are teams of people all over the world who are trying to find a cure. Until then, it is imperative to find a doctor you can work with and a therapy that will work for you in battling this disease.