Essay Multiple Sclerosis

3601 Words Jul 20th, 2012 15 Pages
Multiple Sclerosis (MS): An Autoimmune Disease.
You are in your mid twenty but you feel fatigue, numbness of extremities, chronic pain, vision problem, etc almost daily. Then sometime, you feel dizzy, vertigo, loss of balance, involuntary muscle spasms, and difficult to move around. You may feel depress and mood swings in addition to these symptoms. What is wrong with you? You are at the age where as young adults with full energize life ahead, ready to take charge of an independent life and assume a various social roles and economic responsibilities like a new career after college and graduate school, begin an intimate romance relationships, or maybe starting a family of your own (Falvo, 2009). What you are experiences are the common
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These are the reasons why not all MS patients are experience the same symptoms and progression. MS can be divided into several categories base on the progression of the condition:
. Relapsing-remitting: fluctuating course of relapses with associated neurologic deficits, followed by periods of relative quiet.
. Secondary progressive: cessation of fluctuations with slow deterioration.
. Secondary progressive with relapses: fluctuation with relapses and deterioration between relapses.
. Primary progressive: deterioration from beginning.
. Progressive relapsing: progressive with relapses. (Falvo, 2009)
The symptoms of MS can be mild or severe, for a short or long duration, complete or partial remission of symptoms, all depending on the location and the extent of damages to the nervous system. The initial symptoms of MS are often blurred or double vision, uncontrollable of rapid eye movement, and loss of vision, usually affects only one eye at a time; however, these problems tend to clear up in the later stages of MS. Most MS patients experience muscle weakness in their extremities and difficulty with coordination and balance at some time throughout the course of the disease. These symptoms can be severe enough to impair walking or in the worst cases, partial or complete paralysis. Spasticity, the involuntary increased tone of muscles

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