Multiple Sclerosis : MS Brain Lesions, Symptoms, Causes, Types, and Treatments
MS is a chronic disease that damages the nerves in the spinal cord and brain, as well as the optic nerves. Sclerosis means scarring, and people with MS develop multiple areas of scar tissue in response to the nerve damage. Depending on where the damage occurs, symptoms may include problems with muscle control, balance, vision, or speech.
MS can take a toll on mental sharpness. Some people may find it takes longer to solve problems. Others may have mild memory loss or trouble concentrating. Most people with MS also experience some loss of bladder control, because signals between the brain and bladder are interrupted. Finally, fatigue is a common problem. You may feel tired even after a good night’s sleep.
In people with MS, the body’s own immune system attacks the tissue surrounding the nerve fibers in the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. This covering is made of a fatty substance called myelin. It insulates the nerves and helps them send electrical signals that control movement, speech, and other functions. When myelin is destroyed, scar tissue forms, and nerve messages are not transmitted properly.
MS is at least twice as common in women as it is in men. While it can strike people of any race, Caucasians appear to be most at risk. The chances of developing the condition are highest between ages 20 and 50.
Tests are often used, along with a medical history and neurological exam, to diagnose MS and rule out other causes of symptoms. More than 90% of people with MS have scar tissue that shows up on an MRI scan. A spinal tap can check for abnormalities in the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord. Tests to look at electrical activity of nerves can also help with diagnosis. Lab tests can help rule out other autoimmune conditions or infections such as HIV or Lyme disease.
Treating MS: Pain Management
About half of people with MS develop some form of pain, either as a result of a short circuit in the nervous system or because of muscle spasms or strain. Doctors may prescribe antidepressants and anticonvulsant medications to ease nerve pain. Pain medicines and anti-spasm drugs may also be used. Muscle pain often responds well to massage and physical therapy. Be sure to discuss the options with your doctor if you find yourself in pain.
MS and Exercise
Exercise can ease stiffness, fatigue, and other symptoms of MS. But overdoing it could make things worse. It’s best to start slowly. Try exercising for 10 minutes at a time, then gradually working your way up to a longer session. Before you begin, check with your doctor about what type of activity and level of intensity would be most appropriate. A few possibilities include water aerobics, swimming, tai chi, and yoga.
Qi TUINA & HOW IT HELPS MS PATIENTS
We have treated a number of MS patients at the Chin’s Qi Tuina Centre and we succeeded :-
- In totally alleviating the excruciating upper/ lower back pains,
- In re-aligning the back so that the protrusion(s) caused are leveled or almost leveled,
- In soothing the tendons, ligaments and muscles so that the affected shoulder can have full mobility, and no more shoulder aches, back aches, neck aches and even headaches.
No medication or ointments are used. All procedures are non-invasive and painless, and totally free from side effects. We do not cure MS, but we alleviate the pain and aches associated with it, and revitalize your affected limbs.
What we do is to remove all the qi blockages in your meridians, and push your qi to circulate in large amounts and the healing naturally takes place. Most patients will need at least 3 sessions over a 2 week period, some needing more and some less, depending on the seriousness of each case.
- Ms. Kiru, Treasurer of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Malaysia.
- Narvin, member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Malaysia.
- Ranjit Kaur, Narvin’s mother.
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