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Multiple Sclerosis

Nervous System Effects

When it comes to Multiple Sclerosis nervous system dysfunctions contribute to the majority of the symptoms of MS.

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder, where the body attacks itself as if it is a foreign invader that it needs to defend itself against.

Multiple Sclerosis is known for attacking the central nervous system and causing scarring or lesions that can be seen on mri tests, which are used for determining if Multiple Sclerosis is the culprit for the set of symptoms that the patient is experiencing.

Multiple Sclerosis is most often seen to cause scarring or damage to the myelin sheath along the spinal cord or cause scarring or lesions through out the brain.

Reducing the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on the nervous system can be a challenge, at times, and take some time to see the good effects, using more natural and/or alternative ways, but using these methods avoids the side effects that prescription drugs can often cause, but natural and alternative ways work with the body instead of trying

The symptoms of MS can vary greatly because it depends on which part of the nervous system that is being targeted in each particular case of Multiple Sclerosis. 

The scarring or lesions, often caused by Multiple Sclerosis, can interfere in the transfer of the nerve signals from the brain to the other parts of the body.

This can result in the nerve signals either being block or confused or it can result in the signal becoming more intermittent, where the nerve signal is only transmitted part of the time. 

Since the brain is the master controller of the body, and in particular the nervous system, any disturbance to the brain can affect many different parts of the body in different ways.

The brain sends signals to the rest of the body to instruct the different parts of the body on how to function.

When the nerve signals from the brain are blocked, either by damage to some part of the brain or damage to the nerves in the spinal core, the nerve signals from the brain can be blocked ore scrambled, which prevents the instructions being sent from the brain to different parts of the body.

Depending on where the scarring, lesions or nerve damage ends up, this can cause mild to severe symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis that can vary as to which parts of the body don't function very well or very much and how severe or longer term these effects can be.

Multiple Sclerosis is more widely known to affect the spinal cord and even the brain, but it can also affect other parts of the central nervous system throughout the body.

There are many effects that Multiple Sclerosis has on the ms brain, that can affect what we can or cannot do.

When Multiple Sclerosis  nervous system attacks, include attacking the brain or the spinal cord, this can affect the following: 

* Hands – difficulty picking things up, holding things, writing, difficulty feeding yourself, hand pain, hand numbness, hand spasms.

If severe enough nerve damage results in the lack of being able to use one or both of the hands

* Arms – muscle strength, muscle and nerve function, arm pain, arm numbness, arm spasms, if severe enough, nerve damage can result in the lack of being able to use the one or both of the arms 

* Legs – lack of ability or difficulty with standing, balancing, walking, difficulty with moving your legs, legs spasms, leg pain, sciatic pain, numbness in one or both of legs (either partial numbness or total numbness of the entire leg), loss of the ability to pick up or reposition the leg for being able to control where you move your legs to, knees collapse and will not support your body weight

* Feet – loss of control of your feet (foot drop), foot pain, difficulty picking up your foot to take a step or loss of the ability to control your feet for being able to take a step for being able to walk

* Eyes – vision problems (blurry vision, seeing double, trouble focusing, dimness of vision), eye pain, intermittent vision that come and goes, partial or total loss of vision in one or both eyes (if the damage to the retinal nerve is severe enough) 

* Hearing – ringing in the ears (tinnitus), intermittent hearing (that comes and goes), partial or total loss of hearing (if the nerve damage is severe enough)

* Speaking – speech problems can include stuttering, slurring words when speaking, difficulty finding the right words when trying to form a sentence (more of a cognitive problem), scrambling or confusing words (dyslexia), or if extreme enough, possible loss of the ability to form sentence may also be a possible result, although not as common. 

* Swallowing – partial or total loss of the ability to swallow with out chocking on the food or liquids that you are trying to swallow (this is a more extreme brain function problem that is often seen in more cases of head trauma than in MS, but this is also a possible symptom of MS if the demyelination of certain parts of the brain are severe enough)

* Memory – this can be mild to severe or it can be constant or intermittent (comes and goes sort of randomly). 

* Cognitive – this includes a whole host of brain functions including our abilities to connect with our surroundings and register what is going on around us, the ability to logically think through a situation or a problem, solving puzzles and problems, understanding what other people are saying to you, comprehending how what is going on around us relates to us

* Bladder control – loss of bladder control or incontinence, bladder drains when it should not be draining, bladder retains when it should drain, frequent bladder infections can result 

 Bowel control – loss of bowel control, intestines empty partially or totally without much warning, end up with diarrhea too easily and too often

* Detoxification problems – the main parts of the body that eliminate toxins from the body start to function improperly, including frequent constipation, problems with liver functioning less or not functioning much at all, intestinal pain or discomfort, frequent nauseousness after eating, problems with the lymph system not draining as it should causing more frequent problems with allergies (both food, trees or pollens, dust, and/or chemical allergies) 

* Weakened Immune System – frequent infections can result, difficulty fighting off infections, have too many infections too close together, like the body can recover very easily from each infection before it contracts the next infection.

* Feeling or Sensation - Numbness, Tingling, Pain can result, or odd sensations that are often intense that appear to come and go sort of randomly or the sensations can become very intense in one way or another, like a strong pinching sensation or intense pain.

* Muscle and Nerve Response - this can include Spasms or spasticity, Twitches, Ticks and other involuntary or often uncontrollable movements of the legs, feet, hands or arms.

If any or most of these Multiple Sclerosis nervous system symptoms are present, this can become more than just annoying.

The more severe the more severe the effects of the MS attacks become and the more often they appear, there is a much higher probability that the degree of how well you can function can become more disabling to the point where you can function less and less and even end up needing to use a cane, walker or even a wheelchair to get around.

Multiple Sclerosis can affect our lives so that we are unable to do the things that we enjoyed doing so much more before MS entered our lives.

The symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis can often be severe or at least reduce how much we can physically, mentally and emotionally function, but the situation is not as hopeless as it may appear initially.

MS research has been finding that some things may be giving us more of a clue how to help work with our bodies to reverse the effects of Multiple Sclerosis.

More and more doctors and patients alike are turning to more natural and alternative ways to help to reverse more of Multiple Sclerosis nervous system effects on the body.

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