Allergic To Myself

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Exploring: Multiple Sclerosis

MS is another tricky autoimmune disease. This one definitely has connections to genetic and genders; I mean that women are more likely to get it and that if you have a family history of MS or other autoimmune disorders then you are far more likely to get it. What happens in MS is that the myelin sheaths around the nerve cells in the body are attacked by the immune system and destroyed. This leads to paralysis and eventually death. Here is a paragraph about the symptoms, taken from wikipedia,
“A person with MS can suffer almost any neurological symptom or sign, including changes in sensation such as loss of sensitivity or tingling, pricking or numbness, muscle weakness, clonus,muscle spasms, or difficulty in moving; difficulties with coordination and balance; problems in speech or swallowing, visual problems, fatigue, acute or chronic pain, and bladder and bowel difficulties. Cognitive impairment of varying degrees and emotional symptoms of depression or unstable mood are also common.”
As you can see, these are some very scary symptoms. Slowely becoming paralyzed and losing control over your body or your mental functioning, I imagine, is quite traumatic and horrible. My heart goes out to those suffering from MS and I admire those who have it and maintain a positive attitude!
Do you know anyone with MS? Do you know of any treatments?

The girl in the Youtube video below has MS, and she still has a hilarious sense of humor, however cynical it might be! Love ya JPMetz!

Disclaimer: Some mild language! Do NOT watch if you are easily offended. 

November 29, 2010 Posted by | Autoimmune Disease | 18 Comments