How Multiple Sclerosis
Brain Lesions Can Affect the Cognitive
Functioning of the Brain
Multiple Sclerosis attacks on
the brain can result in scarring or lesions throughout different parts
of the brain.
Sclerosis brain lesions or scarring can affect
how the brain functions and reduce the cognitive abilitities of the
brain to function.
Depending on where the scarring or lesions are located throughout the
brain, how severe the resulting lesions are and how it interupts how
well the brain functons, this can result in reducing our abilities to
function, often on a daily basis
brain is the master controller for the body, any MS attacks on the
brain can affect how we can functon both mentally and physically.
make it so much more difficult for us to function, than if we only had
more of the physical problems with functioning, which are
often a result of Multiple Sclerosis attacking the spinal
cord and other nerves through out the central nervous system.
tasks may become more difficult for the person who has been given the
diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, especially if the brain function
problems are more moderate to severe.
Cognitive problems, which are often associated with Multiple
Sclerosis brain scarring or lesions
what other people say to
what you read
easily confused by things -- this
refers to being able to figure things
your own without assistance.
what you see or read (dyslexia)
losing track of what you are talking
about -- this can often happen in the middle
of a sentence, being unable to figure
connecting with your surroundings --
not registering what is going on around you
so that what you do and say doesn't appear
to go along with what is actually happening
problems -- this can include either
long term or short term memory or both at
the same time – to the point where you
write yourself a "To Do list" and don’t
remember that you even wrote the list!
These cognitive problems can be mild to severe in nature. Depending on
how strongly you are affected, you may still be able to
function on your own, to some degree, or you may need more assistance
for some daily tasks.
If you have more severe cognitive problems, you may end up being more
disabled, either from a brain function point of view or maybe even
physically disabled, making it difficult or almost impossible for you
to function on your own.
The Multiple Sclerosis brain
function problems can result in MS symptoms that can be more difficult
to manage with, since the brain can affect so much more of how we can
function both mentally and physically.
How our brains function or don't function, because of the effects of
Multiple Sclerosis can result in us misinterpreting the
information that we take in through our 5
senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching).
Our brains are composed predominantly of a large concentration of nerve
cells (possibly around 80 to 90 percent of the brain) and our bodies
are at least 50 percent of nerve cells.
Since MS can cause scarring or nerve damage throughout much of the
body, this decreases how well our central nervous system, including the
brain, can function enough to interpret the huge amount of information
that enters into our brains through the outside world.
If we misunderstand or misinterpret some or much of the information
that our brains gather, on a daily basis, this can make it very
difficult for us to understand the world around us and connect with
people and all living and non-living things in the world that we live
also be unnerving and maybe even frightening for those of us battling
depending on how mild or severe the scarring and/or nerve damage,
resulting from MS is for each of our particular cases of Multiple
Sclerosis. The scarring or nerve damage can block the signals from the
brain to the other parts of the body, or it can even cause certain
parts of the brain to function very little.
medical community, overall, used to think that the brain became fixed
in the way that it functioned as you grew older and this made it
impossible to change anything when it came to how our brains tend to
decline in functionality as both our bodies and our brains age.
But within the last few years, medical research decided to test a
different theory and what they found was astounding! The medical
researchers have found, based on their own research, that the brain is
much more “plastic”, than they thought that it was previously.
Further research has shown that the brain is much more plastic or
trainable than they used to think was possible. This is changing the
way that doctors are dealing with brain function problems. when ic comes to the Multiple Sclerosis brain or the effects of Multiple.
Doctors have been finding that there specific exercises that can be
done, cubbed "Brain Exercises" that can help often in tremendous ways
to retrain the brain to function better again!d, like a muscle and they
have come up with a set of “Brain Exercises” that can help to retrain
GREAT news for those of us that have been diagnosed with Multiple
Sclerosis, because this means, that even if you have some scarring in
your brain, as a result of the scarring caused by MS, the brain can be
retrained and adapt to return functionality back to our brains by
redeveloping neural pathways that allow the signals to travel between
different parts of the brain to help it to function better again.
Dr. Michael Merzenich, of the University of California gathered
together a team of neuroscientists from several different
countries around the world to work together to come
up with a set of exercises to help to retrain each part of the brain to
communicate with each other and the rest of the body.
to Dr. Merzenich brain exercises, when done consistently over
period of time, can help to regenerate the neural pathways in
brain, help to reconnect the different parts of the brain so they
communicate again, as well as help to improve cognitive
and improve memory recall and to help the overall body to function
This means that the Multiple Sclerosis brain can be trained to
regenerate neural pathways and also train the nerves between different
parts of the brain to communicate with each other again, for the brain
to function better again.
This also means that there are ways to reverse the effects of
Multiple Sclerosis on the brain and to help the brain to function
Reversing the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on the
brain and the rest of our nervous system is not an easy task, in
itself, but there are ways for your brain and your body to function
better again, in spite of the effects of the MS attacks on the brain
and the body.
Through consistently doing brain exercises over a period of
time, more of the cognitive abilities of your brain to function, which
were reduced through the MS attacks on the nerves of the spinal cord
and he brain, can be regained again!
It isn't hopeless for us! In spite of the cognitive problems,
resulting from Multiple Sclerosis attacks, we can regain our abilities
to think this through and for our brains to function well again!
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