It is hard to determine whether medications and drugs can embody a direct cause for Multiple Sclerosis. Although several institutions have reported several exceptions where this could have been the case, this is something the scientific community still cannot agree upon, since, apparently, there have been episodes where certain medications such as the ones used for treating rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease seemed to have a direct correlation between the usage and the onset of the symptoms commonly associated with this condition. On a side note, aside from the drugs mentioned above, physicians still argue about whether or not certain drugs possess a direct impact on the outbreak of the pathology since there have also been cases where certain medications used for treating certain kinds of colon cancer seemed to have a similar behavior.
However, the tendency to associate drugs and medications with the onset of the symptoms commonly associated with Multiple Sclerosis is increasingly growing: apparently certain medications are capable of rendering the symptoms of this condition even though the individual in question does not suffer from the disease. A fistful of medications such as the aforementioned above and some used to treat bladder irritability or depression have been increasingly linked with the group of symptoms that describe Multiple Sclerosis. According to Joe Cosgrove’s experience, and after having addressed the topic of Multiple Sclerosis from different points of views, medication side effects—even from various drugs—does not usually result in what could be coined as a highly suggestive and exact depiction of Multiple Sclerosis.
As mentioned in older posts, Multiple Sclerosis is part of the autoimmune diseases. This means that an individual’s immune system acts against the best interest of the body of this particular individual, and starts attacking parts of the body as if it were trying to get rid of something foreign. The body sends antibodies and white blood cells against proteins found in the myelin sheath—a layer that wraps up and surrounds the nerves of the brain and the individual’s spinal cord. The attack results in several complications to the layer and, ultimately, to the nerves themselves, which causes scar tissue.
This damage has terrible consequences for the body. If the scar tissue were to compromise the nerves, it would result in a sheer array of subsequent complications at many different levels: muscular, the senses and bowel function.These may come on in the shape of sudden episodes and flare-ups, or as a gradual decline.
Although, as mentioned before in older posts by the author, Multiple Sclerosis can appear at any age. Most individuals, however, become aware of the first symptoms between the ages of 20 and 45; whereas people over 50 hardly develop the condition. Nonetheless, women are more prone to developing the condition.
Multiple Sclerosis is definitely something tough to diagnose accurately, not only because the pathology mimics other symptoms but also because its occurrence can significantly vary from patient to patient. Physicians need to carefully assess each individual in order to come up with a solid diagnosis. Normally, physicians and doctors carry out several neurological examinations, MRIs to determine the existence of Multiple Sclerosis lesions caused by the aforementioned symptomatology.
Be that as it may, there are also common triggers of a Multiple Sclerosis flare-up that commonly go unnoticed or misinterpreted:
Emotional stress is definitely linked to having any chronic disease like Multiple Sclerosis and can lead to other symptoms such as depression. Stress can also worsen other Multiple Sclerosis symptoms such as the mentioned above: severe fatigue and confusion. An important aspect of the treatment is creating a supportive environment around the individual suffering from this condition. Loved ones can definitely physically help out just as much as support groups in providing emotional strength.
While sleep is perhaps one of the most important things for any individual, it acquires a whole new dimension for those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis as they have a much lower reserve of energy. Little things such as sleep deprivation can trigger the symptoms commonly associated with this disease. Good habits like a balanced diet, sleeping well and executing some physical activities help fight the dreary condition.
As mentioned earlier, infections are linked to causing about one-third of all Multiple Sclerosis breakdowns. Urinary tract infections are common causes simply because individuals suffering from Multiple Sclerosis have reduced bladder function. Nonetheless, any infection that worsens and weakens the immune system could result in real danger to MS patients. Healthy habits and a good diet, and basically anything that could help individuals avoid falling victim of infections is the wisest thing to do.
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