19 Jun Easing Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
Multiple sclerosis is a rare degenerative neurological condition that currently has no cure. It is a disabling disease of the brain and the spinal cord. In patients with multiple sclerosis, their immune system attacks the myelin sheath of the brain the spinal cord. The myelin sheath insulates neurons to allow for quick signal transmission.
When this myelin sheath is damaged, signal transmission is slowed which can lead to the body being unable to function normally. While there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, there are therapies that exist that can help ease multiple sclerosis symptoms.
The symptoms of multiple sclerosis are different in every patient. Some patients may experience problems in their movements such as tremors, problems walking, or problems moving arms and legs. Other patients may experience vision problems or issues speaking clearly. The different symptoms result from a breakdown of the myelin sheath in different places in the brain and spinal cord.
Multiple sclerosis can be a very discouraging disease because many patients experience symptomatic periods followed by periods of remission. Remission periods may last months to years in some cases. Eventually, most multiple sclerosis patients develop progressively worsening symptoms regardless of how the condition began.
The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown. Therefore, there is no cure for the disease. Current treatment focuses on speeding up recovery from symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease. This is accomplished by the use of corticosteroids and plasma exchange. Multiple sclerosis patients also benefit from physical therapy, muscle relaxers, and other medications. Unfortunately, these treatments do not address the underlying cause of the disease and act more like a Band-Aid treatment.
Stromal vascular fraction derived stem cells have been shown to provide positive results in helping those patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. Many of these patients tried other treatments without significant results. Yet, when multiple sclerosis patients underwent stem cell therapy, they showed a significant reduction in symptom severity.
Stem cell therapy is particularly effective for multiple sclerosis patients because it addresses the underlying problem. When stem cells are injected into the patient, they can harness the body’s natural healing power to repair and regenerate the damaged myelin sheath. This allows for less often and less severe multiple sclerosis symptoms when they do occur. Stem cell therapy has greatly helped multiple sclerosis patients.
Multiple sclerosis is a very scary diagnosis. Upon being diagnosed, many patients begin to feel hopeless since no cure currently exists. It can also be disheartening to always live your life on the edge, wondering when your symptoms are going to flare up again. While current treatments can help speed up a symptomatic attack and slow the progression of the disease, they are unable to address the underlying cause of the disease which means they act as more of a Band-Aid.
Fortunately, as medicine has advanced, and stem cells are now better understood, hope exists for multiple sclerosis patients that one day, there may be a way to stop the disease from progressing and repair damage the disease has caused.