Multiple Sclerosis: What is it and what care might you need?

If you have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), you may be concerned about how this may begin to affect your life and what kind of care you will need.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

MS can affect the brain and spinal cord leading to a range of symptoms including problems with vision, limb movement, sensation, or balance.

MS is a lifelong condition; it can be mild or severe and affects people differently.

MS itself is rarely fatal, the life expectancy for people with MS is around five to 10 years lower than average, and this gap is lessening all the time.

It is estimated that around two million people around the world are currently living with MS, and it is more commonly seen in women than in men.

MS can cause a wide range of neurological symptoms, including muscle weakness, spasms, vision problems, cognitive changes like memory loss and difficulty concentrating, fatigue, numbness, or tingling sensations in different parts of the body, balance problems, bladder and bowel issues and depression.

Can MS be cured?

There is no known cure for MS at this time; however, there are treatments available to help manage its symptoms and slow down its progression.

Some medications focus on managing acute episodes such as steroids to reduce inflammation; others focus on reducing the frequency or intensity of relapses, while still others are used to address specific symptoms like pain or urinary tract infections.

Additionally, physical therapy can be very beneficial in helping with coordination and mobility issues associated with MS.

Other lifestyle modifications such as good nutrition habits and regular exercise can also help improve one’s overall quality of life.

What care will you need?

Many people find support important when dealing with MS.

Living with MS can be challenging; however, there are many resources available to help you manage your condition better so take advantage of them whenever possible.

Having a personalised care plan will help you to manage the condition and ensure that your mental and physical health and wellbeing are taken care of on a day to day basis.

At Synergy Complex Care, we offer tailored care plans. For more information, contact us today.

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