About 400 000 Americans have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, with 10, 000 new cases diagnosed each year. It is an autoimmune disorder that affects the neurological system, usually diagnosed in young adulthood. The causes are still unknown, however a number of factors such as genetics, childhood infections and position on the globe are believed to be involved.
MS is a disease of the central nervous system, the most common neurological disorder in young adults. It is a non-contagious disease that affects the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord, causing symptoms all over the body. The most common symptoms are loss of balance, muscle spasms, numbness, abnormal sensation, problems moving arms and legs, as well as bowel and bladder issues. Other symptoms can include cognitive problems such as memory loss, hearing loss, eye discomfort or loss of vision, sexual issues, speech problems and fatigue.
This disorder affects each patient differently. Some have symptoms for short periods of time, then weeks or months without them. For others it can be much more regular. There is no cure, but many people with the disease have near normal lifestyles and life expectancies.
Treatment generally aims to control and slow down the progression of symptoms, so that patients can experience a high quality of life. Medication, therapy and lifestyle changes may all be prescribed to help the patient.
HealthNow Healthcare has many years of expertise in helping patients and their families with MS. They can design tailored programs to: