Multiple Sclerosis

Cyclists across the state will soon be riding to raise research money and awareness of this disease. It attacks the protective covering of nerves, brain, and spinal cord. The name refers to scars that appear in the brain. The cause seems to be an immune reaction against the body’s own cells. Genetic factors and environmental triggers that make victims more susceptible.

Signs and symptoms: Symptoms are extremely variable. Burning sensations, muscular weakness, blurred vision, difficulty with speech or swallowing and fatigue are all possible. Tremors are common. All symptoms can develop gradually, over years. The diagnosis is ultimately based on symptoms, MRI changes, and nerve conduction studies.

What to do: Consult your doctor. Keep a record of symptoms and how long they last. There is no cure, but next week I’ll discuss new research and medications that have lessened the severity and frequency of relapses.

Thought for the day: Muscle weakness and twitching sensation warrant a closer investigation.

Support the research effort to fight Multiple Sclerosis by going online to “BP MS 150”. Donate to the page for “Kyle Scarborough” or another favorite rider in the upcoming charity event. You can reach Dr. Scarborough at drscarborough@familylifemedical.com.

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