I’ve decided that a good early post on this blog would be describing exactly what is multiple sclerosis. But before I really dig in, I will say that MS is different for everybody and your disease course may not follow the prescribed path.
So what is MS? I could take you to this wikipedia link, but that’d be too easy for all of us. I’ll just give you the most direct way of putting it generically. MS is a demyelinating disease. This means that your myelin sheath (think of it as nerve insulation) in your brain and spinal cord is effectively stripped away by your own immune system. And this is why MS can have such varying degrees of incapacitation. Think of it as an electrical problem in a car. One little wire being shorted out can cause a minor irritation like a warning on your dashboard or it could cause the car to stall out completely. Like I may have mentioned in an earlier post, one little lesion can pretty much disable you, or a whole slew of lesions may not have that big of an effect on you. Everyone is different
This is also why MS in non-communicable. You absolutely can not pass MS to another person. It is an autoimmune disease.
As always I’ll include that the best way to battle MS is to get under the care of a MS-specialiizing neurologist and get on effective MS medication as soon as possibly feasibly. What I’ve learned is the earlier you catch MS and get on an effective MS medication, the better chance you have to prevent such damaging lesions and progressing into a worse form of MS.
Put the brakes on MS now my fellow sufferers! It may seem dire when you’re fist diagnosed, but with treatment and perseverance, you can likely hold out against MS.