Multiple Sclerosis

"MS"

What is MS?

Multiple Sclerosis is when the body’s own individual immune system attacks the tissue surrounding the nerves located in the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord

Multiple Sclerosis in specifics

Multiple Sclerosis effects your brain, optic nerves in your eyes, and your spinal chord. A fatty material known as myelin is attacked by you"re immune system. Your myelin wraps around your nerve fibers to protect them from the immune system. The outer shell is soon taken from the nerves and the nerves become damaged. The damage results in the loss of signals being capable of being sent throughout your body to give different parts direction so they can do their job successfully.

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Multiple Sclerosis

Where is MS most common?

Multiple Sclerosis is common in regions that are located far from the equator (ex: Scandinavia and other parts of the Northern Europe)

These areas receive less sunlight;therefore, it is thought that a deficiency of vitamin D, which is what your skin receives when sunlight shines down onto it, may be involved in Multiple Sclerosis


It is said that “more than half of people with MS experience vision problems called optic and is the first sign of possible diagnoses of MS”

How is MS inherited?

Multiple Sclerosis is not directly inherited or contagious. However, having a parent or sibling with MS does increase the risk of an individual's risks of having Multiple Sclerosis. Although genetics are only a piece in the puzzle of how Multiple Sclerosis is inherited, environmental factors have been shown to increase risks of having the disease. Further research on how Multiple Sclerosis is inherited is being tested.

What is the long-term outlook for a child with MS?

Multiple Sclerosis appears to progress slower in children than in adults. The reason for this is because it is thought that a child’s developing brain and immature immune system may protect the child from quick disease progression. It is very hard to identify MS in adults;however, it is extremely more difficult to recognize symptoms and indication of MS in a child.


Will further assistance be needed, as the child grows older?

Of course, medical assistance will be needed if future attacks do happen as the child gets older.

MS is usually not diagnosed until you become an adult. The symptoms do occur but does not progress as quickly as when you are an adult therefore not making it very serious and the attacks light. There is of course a chance that Multiple Sclerosis can be very serious at a young age. In this case, further treatment will be needed. Although there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis, it is not fatal. Most people have a normal life expectancy. In few cases, MS can shorten life. Many complications with this disease are preventable.

If you have MS can you have children?

Yes, you can still have children if you Multiple Sclerosis. The child may be passed down the disease but very little information is known as to how high the chances are. Multiple Sclerosis does not affect fertility or normal pregnancy progression. The medication taken for MS can increase the chances of a miscarriage and are transmitted into breast milk given to the baby. However, there is a three-to-four cancel of a child being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The positive side is, as said before, MS is not fatal and you can live a happy life with this disease.

What future research is being done on MS?

Advances in understanding and treating MS are made successfully every year. The National Multiple Sclerosis Cite is doing further research on how to stop the disease's progression , restore function and end MS.


What are the three goals for children with MS?

  • Treat attacks: use MS medication

  • Prevent future attacks: further research is being done on how to do so

  • relieve symptoms: use helpful medication

Citations

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"Frequently Asked Questions about Multiple Sclerosis." Multiple Sclerosis FAQs and MS Glossary. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.

"MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Causes: Environment, Genetics, and More." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.

Boyd, Jennifer. "Coping with Multiple Sclerosis." Article Details. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.


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What Is Multiple Sclerosis?