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Multiple Sclerosis

19 Feb 2012
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OVERVIEW

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune condition that affects the nervous system. It is caused by damage to the myelin sheath – the protective covering of nerves – resulting in damage to the nerves caused by inflammation by immune cells that attack the nervous system.

Causes

Factors that may cause multiple sclerosis can include:

  • Genetic factors
  • Environmental factors
  • Bacteria and viruses
  • Lack of vitamin D

 

Symptoms
  • Loss of balance
  • Numbness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty moving arms and legs
  • Difficulty walking
  • Tremor in legs and/or arms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Constipation
  • Incontinence
  • Eye discomfort
  • Double vision

 

Treatment

There is not cure for multiple sclerosis, but treatment to relieve symptoms can include:

  • Complementary therapies
  • Diet modification
  • Medication

 

If you have any of the above symptoms, consult your general practitioner.

 

VIDEOS

 


Video: The Basics – What is Multiple Sclerosis?

 

 

Video: What is Multiple Sclerosis?

 

RESOURCES & SUPPORT

Local

Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand
Multiple Sclerosis Auckland


International

NHS – Multiple Sclerosis
Best Health – Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis Society UK
National Multiple Sclerosis Society US

 

RESEARCH

Journal of the American Medical Association
The Lancet
British Medical Journal

 

FORUMS

eHealthforum.com – Multiple Sclerosis
Thisisms.com – Forum
Healingwell.com – Multiple Sclerosis Forum

 

 


DISCLAIMER
The information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic, with links to local and international resources that may be of interest.  We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.

You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with your general practitioner first.

 



Updated April 2012
Image source: Wikimedia Commons – Multiple Sclerosis