Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a progressive disorder that impacts the central nervous system (CNS). Believed to be an autoimmune disorder, in MS the immune system attacks the myelin sheath that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers, causing inflammation and damage to the CNS. This damage interferes with the transmission of nerve signals between the brain and spinal cord and other parts of the body.
Multiple sclerosis means “scar tissue in multiple areas.” When the myelin sheath is damaged in multiple areas, a scar is left, also known as plaques or lesions. As more lesions develop, never fibers break or become damaged, and electrical impulses from the brain cannot run smoothly to the target nerve, impeding the body’s ability to carry out specific functions. Plaques or lesions in MS often impact the:
Common Symptoms of MS
According to the MS Society, there are more than 1 million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with MS. Symptoms vary in severity and no two cases of the disorder are the same. Some individuals may experience only one or two of the most common symptoms intermittently, while others may experience several symptoms for prolonged periods of time. Below are some of the most common symptoms of MS:
If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to set up an appointment with your healthcare provider. While diagnosing MS can be challenging, it is critical to establish a treatment plan that can target inflammation, reduce nerve damage, and improve the long-term outlook.
At Visiting Care Giving Services, our team of caregivers is specially trained to provide assistance for individuals diagnosed with MS or a variety of other chronic health conditions. We provide both medical and non-medical services in the comfort and familiarity of home that can be customized to meet your specific needs. Email or give us a call today at (636) 493-9058 to set up a free in-home consultation and to learn more about our Chesterfield home care services. For a full list of all of the communities where we provide care, please visit our Service Area page.