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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

MS awareness

The many years I have worked as a NA I have seen many good and bad times. One of the saddest cases and one that I wish I could have changed was a lady who had Multiple sclerosis. It was in late stages by the time I started to take care of her and the pain was astounding. MS is a potentially in the case I speak it was definitely a disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (CNS-- central nervous system) 

MS turns the immune system against the individual in that the immune system will attack the protective covering of the nerve fibers. This in turn will cause communication problems between your brain and body. The disease will cause the nerves to deteriorate in the long run. 

MS diagnosis depends on the amount of nerve damage and where the nerves are affected. Individuals will often loose the ability to walk. At times there are moments of remission as well. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis but there is treatment. Treatment will help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms. 
Signs and symptoms of MS include:
  • numbness or weakness in one or more limbs that typically occurs on one side of your body at a time, or the legs and trunk 
  • Partial or complete loss of vision, usually in one eye at a time, often with pain during eye movement 
  • Prolonged double vision
  • Tingling or pain in parts of your body 
  • Electric-shock sensations that occur with certain neck movements, especially bending the neck forward 
  • Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait 
  • Slurred speech 
  • Fatigue 
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with bowel and bladder function
If you experience any of the above with unexplained reasons you need to see a dr. 

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