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 »

  1. My uncle has ms and it is so hard to watch his body deteriorate. I appreciate this post, because this is an interesting and confusing condition. Thank you for the information.

    Comment by ashleygarner | November 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’ve heard about some of the struggles of MS through Mitt Romney’s wife, and also the sister in law of my roommate. I participated in a big walk for MS in California, and it opened my eyes to how many people suffer from it. Thanks for the enlightening me more!

    Comment by faithgoimarac | November 30, 2010 | Reply

  3. The mother of my best friend in high school has MS and it is really sad to see her health get worse over the years. She took lots of extra opportunities to travel with my friend to Europe when she was younger because she knew in later years her health would not allow for that kind of travel.

    Comment by amandabru | November 30, 2010 | Reply

  4. One of my neighbors has MS and she is the sweetest lady. Its sooo sad to see her just try to get around or even speak. She also has a little girl who is the sweetest thing but will probably out live her mother significantly. Thanks for posting this information on MS.

    Comment by cmmz88 | December 1, 2010 | Reply

  5. My mom had an MS scare a couple years ago and I have never been so freaked out. It is an uncurable disease that you can only slow down, not stop. It was just stress induced pain, the doctors found no actual case of MS, thank goodness.

    Comment by rblicious | December 1, 2010 | Reply

  6. I know a few people with MS and it’s really sad to think about what is happening to their bodies and that really nothing can be done. I really hope that there is someone out there making great progress in finding ways to help cure this and other autoimmune diseases!

    Comment by hillarymcd | December 1, 2010 | Reply

  7. I didn’t know that MS involves destruction of the myelin. It’s so interesting and devastating that this can happen to our bodies.

    Comment by cpace2 | December 2, 2010 | Reply

  8. MS has to be one of the scariest diseases out there. I can’t imagine what people with MS have to go through, watching themselves lose function over time and not being able to do anything about it. Thanks for this.

    Comment by ellesloan | December 2, 2010 | Reply

  9. um, that video was hilarious. But that is one scary disease. I agree, good for MS people that can keep an up beat attitude despite loss of control.

    Comment by kargibs | December 2, 2010 | Reply

  10. A family friend has MS and she has had a hard time with the disease. It is so interesting to hear about this disease and how it effects the body.

    Comment by aleesham | December 2, 2010 | Reply

  11. This is so sad. Are there any ways to slow the debilitating disease?

    Comment by jbrittner | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  12. The detailed you went into this one was really useful, and the video was interesting.

    Comment by rhunts90 | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  13. A good friend from high school has MS and she is still thriving thankfully. Although it is a terrible disease, it does not mean anyone should give up. And yeah, that video was a great choice Eric.ha

    Comment by danielsowards | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  14. My Nephew was diagnosed with MS just as he was getting ready to graduate from BYU with his masters in machanical engineering and get married. I am happy to report he is happily married has a cute baby girl and is advanceing quickly at his job with exon mobile. He has a good attitude and his wife gives him shots every day.

    Comment by Mary Ann Herbst | December 3, 2010 | Reply

  15. I have a friend that has MS and it has been a real trial for her in her life, however, she keeps smiling and is always looking for ways to enjoy life even in the state that she is in. She is married and has two kids and is also an MS advocate. She is such an inspiring individual!

    Comment by lromney | December 4, 2010 | Reply

  16. Great post! I didn’t know much about MS before.

    Comment by willi49 | December 4, 2010 | Reply

  17. As a woman, it is even more important to learn about multiple sclerosis since it runs more often among women. Thank you for educating me!

    Comment by miriam08 | December 4, 2010 | Reply

  18. Friends that have MS have said that it can seem so scary when you are first diagnosed. They learn to enjoy life and do what they can. Truly an inspiration. Luckily treatment options are slowly advancing. Hopefully more effective treatments are discovered soon.

    Comment by DanCummings | December 7, 2010 | Reply


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