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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.

Multiple 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

Since the brain is the master controller for the body, any MS attacks on the brain can affect how we can functon both mentally and physically.

This can 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.

Daily 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 can include:

 * Misinterpreting what other people say to

 * Misinterpreting what you read

 * Being easily confused by things -- this
    refers to being able to figure things out on
    your own without assistance.

 * Scrambling what you see or read (dyslexia)

 * Easily losing track of what you are talking
    about -- this can often happen in the middle
    of a sentence, being unable to figure things

 * Not 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
   around you.

 * Memory 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 in.

This can also be unnerving and maybe even frightening for those of us battling with Multiple Sclerosis symptoms, 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.

The 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 the brain.

This is 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.

According to Dr. Merzenich brain exercises, when done consistently over a period of time, can help to regenerate the neural pathways in the brain, help to reconnect the different parts of the brain so they communicate again, as well as help to improve cognitive functions and improve memory recall and to help the overall body to function better again.

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 better again.

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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