Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on 17 September 2010

Those of us in relatively good health – unless we have recently suffered some physical injury – rarely think about the impact on our lives imposed by difficulty moving arms and legs, dizziness or loss of balance, painful muscle spasms, visual or hearing problems, trouble swallowing, or incontinence.  Yet, people suffering with Multiple Sclerosis deal with these issues and many more on daily bases.

MS symptoms run the gamut from mild to severe to virtually non-existent.  An autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system, MS is a chronic, currently incurable inflammatory condition characterized by degeneration of myelin, a protective and insulating lining around nerve fibers.  Individuals with MS may be chronically and consistently ill or suffer episodes/attacks with intervening periods of remission.

Prognoses for people with the disease are uncertain.  Although many with MS live normal life spans, discomfort and disability occasioned by the disease vary with the frequency and severity of the attacks.  As with most chronic diseases, MS sufferers benefit from physical activity, a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, and plenty of rest and relaxation.  There is some evidence that an MS diet low in saturated fats and supplemented by Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids may have some benefit for people with MS.

For those interested in learning about Multiple Sclerosis, there are a number of Web resources available.  At, you will find a wealth of MS-related information, including advice on how to choose your MS physician.  For those of us in good health, we should be grateful and count our blessings. 

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2 Responses to “Living with Multiple Sclerosis”

  1. Mike Martelli says:

    Good Information on MS

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