Multiple Sclerosis Is A Chronic Disease

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Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that involves the immune system improperly attacking healthy tissue in one’s central nervous system. Ignatavicius and Workman (2013) describe that this autoimmune disease produces inflammation in the central nervous system, progressively destroys myelin sheath, impairs the conduction pathway of neurons in the central nervous system, and causes plaque formation in the white matter. The destruction of the myelin sheath and formation of plaque in the white matter cause a variety of symptoms. Strickland and Baguley (2015) reviews some of the many signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis which include fatigue, neuropathic and idiopathic pain that can be severe and intense, stiffness, muscular spasms, paresthesia, vertigo, tinnitus, tremors, gait and balance problems, ataxia, vision changes, cognitive dysfunction, bowel and bladder dysfunction, dysphagia, and dysarthria. They also discuss that there is presently no cure for multiple sclerosis and that symptom management is the way to treat multiple sclerosis. Taylor, Lillis, LeMone, and Lynn (2010) talk about how painful multiple sclerosis can be and how important it is to manage pain for those with multiple sclerosis. Barrie (2014) describes pain as any distress or suffering. She mentions that pain can be physical, emotional, or mental. She not only reviews traditional means to help manage pain from multiple sclerosis, but also she explores and evaluates different complimentary alternative therapies that help with pain management for those with multiple sclerosis. Complimentary alternative therapies help to supplement and provide assistance to patients seeking further pain management from multiple sclerosis. The National Institute of Health (2014... ... middle of paper ... done on how to best treat pain for those with multiple sclerosis (Taylor et al., 2010). More research is being questioned, such as why more women than men are getting multiple sclerosis. Better drugs and treatments are being presented yearly to aid in pain management for patients with multiple sclerosis. Other complimentary alternative approaches are being researched. Cannabis and honey bee venom are some of the complimentary alternative approaches that are being explored with more research. For those with multiple sclerosis, never stop in trying to achieve good pain management and quality of life. Never give up. There are many means to help manage multiple sclerosis pain. Ask your healthcare provider on ways to help manage pain and enhance quality of life. Also, for those with multiple sclerosis, remember to not forget about complementary alternative therapies.

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