I'll try to answer some questions - ones I had before asking others, doing some research and learning more..
What is it that I have?
It is not cancer.. it is not brain damage.. it is not AIDS.. it is not smallpox.. it is not malaria.. these are the 5 diseases that a person is more likely to have.. and are deadly..
Yet what I have is MS – Multiple Sclerosis; an inflammatory disease in which the myelin sheaths surrounding the axons of the brain and the spinal cord are damaged. These damages lead to demyelination (causing impairment in sensation, movement, cognition or any other depending on which nerves are involved).
I don’t know if you were good at biology in high-school or college or if you have general knowledge.. but just as a reminder, remember how cells were to communicate with each other.. they send electrical signals to one another through axons to create the movement of your body parts, cognition etc.. well in case of MS, it affects the ability of your nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate effectively – they start not to communicate.
Why does this happen?
So in MS, your own immune system attacks and damages the myelin – a sheath that covers the axons..when myelin is lost, the communication between nerves is lost too.. this does not answer the Why does this happen? question I know – but the thing is the reason is yet unknown.
Even though there are some treatments, even though now we are able to recognize MS, we are unable to determine why this happens.. why a person’s body would want to attack healthy nerves.. the cause is unknown..
There are various theories.. you can find different schools supporting different theories.. some say it’s genetics, some say it’s because of infections.. others say it’s environmental factors..
Is there a definite cure?
with MS- there is no known cure.. not one that works on everyone at least. Yet there are treatments.. like the one I use.. you can have shots.. daily, 3 days a week, once a week.. and I hear there is an oral treatment too.. yet I don’t know much about that..
I know that the treatment differs, depending on the symptoms, the lesions/plaques and the progress of MS.. there are tons of factors involved.. the time between attacks, how many lesions/plaques you have, where they are located, how they affect your body aka symptoms.. the progress of your MS is a determent apparently..
So did I miss anything? Wanna know more? Shoot me a question and I’ll try to reply..