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Why are Most Cases

of Multiple Sclerosis

 Difficult to Diagnose?


Progression of MS or Stages of MS

Most cases of Multiple Sclerosis start out very mild with symptoms that tend to come and go for over a period of 2 to 5 years before the MS symptoms become severe enough or consistent enough that the person whose body is under attack by Multiple Sclerosis realizes that something more drastic or more serious than a mild cold or a short-lived flu virus is going on that is tearing down their health and making them sicker, more often than other people that are around them.

Part of the reason that this tends to happen this way is that until the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis become severe enough -- such as the symptoms of ms insomnia, ms heat sensitivity, ms incontinence, ms vision problems, and several other of the long list of possible early symptoms that can be associated with many of the cases of Multiple Sclerosis these symptoms are not so easy to recognize that they are associated together and caused by the autoimmune disorder called Multiple Sclerosis. It isn't until enough of the broad range symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis appear more often on a more consistent basis that a pattern emerges that makes it easier to see that these are not just unassociated health problems that are occurring.  

This is all so puzzling to doctors and patients alike because it is all too easy to mistake the mild MS symptoms initially for other conditions that are not considered chronic or as severe as the majority of Multiple Sclerosis cases can become. Once the mild Multiple Sclerosis symptoms become more noticeable and more regular in their appearance, this is often when the person battling with the mild symptoms of MS actually decides that they had better go to a doctor to help them figure out why they are feeling so exhausted, or just plain sick so much of the time. 

Doctors typically run ms MRI tests when they are diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis to determine if the patient’s symptoms are actually being caused by MS demyelinating the spinal cord or the brain. The term sclerosis, that is part of the name for MS means scarring. The reason this term is used for part of the name for is because on the MRI test results more often than not, scarring can be seen as plaques or lesions on the spinal cord or throughout different locations in the brain. 

The ms plaques, ms lesions or ms scarring that is seen on the ms mri test results appears as a result of Multiple Sclerosis attacking and damaging the myelin sheath along the spinal cord and through out the brain. 

Multiple Sclerosis targets and attacks nerve tissue through out the body, resulting in scarring or damage to whatever the nerves are attacked. Since our brains are 80% nerve tissue and throughout the rest of our bodies are 60% nerves, this means that there is a large percentage of nerves throughout our bodies that can be attacked and damaged by Multiple Sclerosis.

Because Multiple Sclerosis is becoming more widely seen in more countries around the world, the medical communities in many different countries are joining forces to work towards finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

In the meantime, until a cure for MS is found, the doctors in many countries around the world are using more different methods in an effort to bring relief to the symptoms of MS that many of their patients are battling with on an on-going basis.

Because the symptoms of MS tend not to stay constant, but change periodically as the MS appears to attack different parts of the body over time, this makes it even more of a challenge for doctors to determine what course of action to take for each separate case of MS that each of their Multiple Sclerosis patients are experiencing.

The 4 Multiple Sclerosis Types are:

1. Relapsing and Remitting Multiple Sclerosis or Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

2. Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, or Progressive MS

3. Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

4. Progressive Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

Most cases of Multiple Sclerosis start out as Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, but many of the cases of Multiple can also start out being diagnosed as Primary Progress MS from the beginning.

Once Relapsing and Remitting MS progresses to a much more advanced stage, with much more severe symptoms, which often includes becoming more severely disabled, then it is called Secondary
 Progressive MS
.

The rarest form of MS is Progressive Relapsing MS, since only 5% of all cases of MS are diagnosed as this form of Multiple Sclerosis.

Relapsing and Remitting Multiple Sclerosis is characterized by MS attacks or ms relapses, where the nerves are attacked and some degree of scarring or demyelination often results.

The ms relapses are often followed by periods of remission, where the nervous system sends its maintenance or repair cells to start to repair the damage the myelin sheath along the spinal cord.  During the relapses, Multiple Sclerosis also is known for attacking and damaging the Blood Brain Barrier that surrounds and protects the brain from toxins entering the brain and cause damage to the brain nerve cells.   After each of the ms exacerbations or ms relapses subside, the body also sends the special nerve maintenance cells or glial cells, to work on repairing the Blood Brain Barrier too.

Unless something can be found to curb the progression of Multiple Sclerosis in our bodies, the more extreme the MS symptoms become and the more frequent or severe the results of each MS attack become, the more likely we will at some point end up with ms disability that takes away the ability to walk and with needing to use a wheelchair on a daily basis.

Although this can sound somewhat discouraging at first glance, there is more and more information becoming available about the Multiple Sclerosis disease process and about alternative and natural ways that can help to reduce many of the symptoms of MS.

Ways to help reduce ms symptoms can include: 

*  yoga for ms

*  multiple sclerosis massage therapy 

*  ms exercise and intense ms physical therapy

* ms acupuncture

* ms diet changes

* ms nutrition changes

* ms vitamins, including 

* Cranosacrial therapy multiple sclerosis

Along with many other alternative and natural ways to bring relief to those with MS.

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