Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a progressive, often erratic, degenerative disease of the central nervous system that can significantly interrupt the neural communication between the brain and the body. It is the most common autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system affecting over two million people worldwide. While women are diagnosed two to three times more often than men across the board, MS affects men, women, and children, though childhood MS is not as common. Most diagnoses are made between the ages of 20 to 50. While the exact scientific cause of MS is still a mystery, researchers expect that a variety of environmental, infectious, and genetic factors may be contributors to its onset.
There are four types of MS: Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS), Secondary-Progressive MS (SPMS), Primary-Progressive MS (PPMS), and Progressive-Relapsing MS (PRMS) and discovery of exactly which type a patient suffers from is the first step in the journey toward effective treatment. MS sufferers may experience a wide variety of symptoms such as fatigue, numbness, difficulty walking, vision problems, pain, dizziness, bladder or bowel problems, sexual dysfunction, cognitive changes, depression, weakness, and more.
Once properly diagnosed, treatment for MS can be a combination of physical therapy and medication to help control symptoms and to slow the rate of disease progression. Compounded medications may offer a targeted solution and patients should consult with their physicians to determine a proper course of pharmaceutical treatment. Medications are often targeted for specific symptoms so regular consultation with a specialized physician is advised. Treatment options may be oral, injectable, or intravenous.
MS patients who suffer from motor skill impairment or ataxia may want to consult with their physicians about medication options such as 4-Aminopyridine, a potassium channel-blocker that is most often used to seek alleviation of symptoms due to spinal cord injuries or MS, improvement of motor skills, such as walking, and poor muscle coordination (ataxia).
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