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Can our Reaction to Stress Make

 MS Symptoms Worse?


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MS research is progressing in many different directions at the same time, while on a quest to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.  Along the way, the research is revealing more about how the body works when it comes to the processes of demyelination and re-myelination.

As more is understood about the disease process of Multiple Sclerosis, the ms facts that are coming to light are revealing more details about the way that our bodies are working to repair the damage to the myelin sheath.  Our bodies tend to start to repair damage to the myelin sheath, just after after having a relapse, which may result in partial or total recovery of what was lost during each relapse. This tends to be the case for the majority of the cases of MS that have active demyelination and remyelination still going on.

It has been coming more to the forefront that our bodies can do produce stem cells already, which can help to repair the damage, to the myelin sheath along the spinal cord.  One of the problems in most cases of MS is that the degree of demyelination is occurring at a faster rate than the remyelination.
   

But, did you know that we can do things to help prompt the body to produce larger quantities of stem cells?  More doctors are finding that reducing our over reactions to stress can actually increase the number of stem cells that our bodies produce.

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Finding ways to reduce stress for those of us that have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis does more for reducing our MS symptoms than researchers and doctors alike ever knew before. When those of us with MS, stress out over things in our lives, this just adds to making our symptoms worse. Our over reactions to stress can actually set up our systems for a MS exacerbation or a ms relapse to occur more often.

MS research is revealing so much more about how our over reactions to stress, for those of us with MS, can actually stimulate ms demyelination of our spinal cords and maybe even our brains, which can result in relapses or exacerbations of our MS symptoms.

Finding ways to reduce stress helps to calm down our over reactive nervous systems, which often is a result of Multiple Sclerosis. Reducing how stressed out we feel along with finding ways to relax and relax can actually help the body by stimulating stem cells to be produced in our bodies. This is a way for our bodies to start to repair the damage to the myelin sheath, which insulates and protects the spinal cord, in addition to starting to help to repair the Blood Brain Barrier, which surrounds and protects the brain.

This is good ms news!

This means that if we can find a way to reduce ms stress and ms insomnia, we can help our bodies to repair itself and go into remission, as well as to reverse some of the previous damage that Multiple Sclerosis has already caused to our systems. Stressing out adds to how sick we feel and has a better chance of also increasing how disabled we can become because of the damage that Multiple Sclerosis can cause to our bodies during the MS attacks.

 How we react to Stress has been found to contribute causing the symptoms of many health conditions to become worse, but what about those that suffer from Multiple Sclerosis? How do the effects of Stress on the body impact those that have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis?

How the average relatively "healthy" person reacts to Stress makes a difference in how often that person actually becomes sick. Reacting in a negative way to Stress can actually contribute to weakening the immune system and setting the body up to becoming sick more often and for longer periods of time. If this is how things happen for relatively "healthy" people, what about those of us, who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis? How do the effects of Stress contribute to how severe and how frequently, the person with that has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, can get infections? Is there that big a difference, after a person has been diagnosed with MS?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Because those of us that have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is considered by the overall medical community to be an autoimmune disorder, where the body attacks itself as if it is a foreign invader. This most often results in scarring that can be seen on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test results.  The scarring that is seen in the majority of the cases of MS is more often detected on the myelin sheath or even  throughout the brain, by the test results. Although there may also be some scarring present in other nerves throughout the body, the remaining scarring is not detected through tests, but rather is determined by clinical analysis by the doctor, based on how well the patient  physically functions.

If we react negatively to Stress, this can actually aggravate, exacerbate or make the symptoms of ms become much worse and this can also contribute to the “short-circuiting” of the nervous system. All too often, after a person is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the person's nervous system becomes over stimulated, all too often. Finding ways to reduce the effects of Stress on MS is a good way to reduce how severe the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis will also help in reducing the overall symptoms of ms in how often they appear, how long they stick around and in how severe they can become.

Reducing the amount of ms stress can actually help to prevent relapses, exacerbations and attacks for people with MS. Reducing stress works in the majority of the cases of MS by reducing the over stimulation of the nervous system and also reducing the demyelination of the spinal cord.

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MS research is also finding out more about how reducing the effects of stress in people with MS actually helps to increase the amount of stem  cells that our bodies will actually produce.  Since stem cells help to repair the damage to the myelin sheath on the spinal cord, finding ways to reduce stress, as well as ways to relax our bodies and encourage rest and relaxation can actually help to speed healing and reduce the number of relapses, exacerbations and attacks experienced by those with Multiple Sclerosis.

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