Posted 7/27/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -6)
This is for you (and anyone else that cares). MS is auto-immune. The trigger is poorly understood. Once the MS begins, then the body begins to attack the myelin sheath that covers neuron cells. Electical impulses travel upon neurons much like electricity along a wire. When the myelin is stripped off, like the insulation from a wire, the message can no longer reach its goal. These damaged areas are called scars, plaques or lesions. They are areas of intense brain or spinal cord damage.
The damage is permanent. The brain will attempt to create new neural pathways to compensate for damaged areas. The cerebellum, the brain stem and the spinal cord are unable to do this.
MS is progressive and incurable. MS is unpredictable. It leaves some very disabled and others just have mild symptoms. There are only 6 FDA approved treatments that attempt to slow down the disease. Four are used as start up drugs. Two others are used when the first four aren't working. All treatments are either shots or IV infusions.
MS symptoms can range from numbness, tingling, vision problems and blindness, bowel and bladder issues, vertigo and balance disorders, fatigue, depression, and paralysis. 95% of those with MS live a typical lifespan.
That being said, I am doing well. I am very blessed and I live with hope that I will have a life with meaning and joy.
Gretchen ~ diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.