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MS and the effects on Women’s Health

Womens Health > MS and the effects on Women’s Health

In women’s health news you might be surprised to find that MS is a large concern. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive, degenerative disorder that affects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. A fatty substance (called myelin) surrounds and insulates nerve fibers and facilitates the conduction of nerve impulse transmissions. MS is characterized by intermittent damage to myelin (called demyelination) this is caused by the destruction of specialized cells that form the substance.

With the destruction of specialized cells. Demyelination causes scarring and hardening (sclerosis) of nerve fibers usually in the spinal cord, brain stem, and optic nerves, which slows nerve impulses and results in weakness, numbness, pain, and vision loss. Many women today have these symptoms, however ignore them as they tend to disappear and reappear at various times.

Because different nerves are affected at different times, MS symptoms often worsen, improve, and develop in different areas of the body. Early symptoms of the disorder may include vision changes (e.g., blurred vision, blind spots) and muscle weakness. Women should consult their doctors at the first signs of these symptoms.

In the rare case a women can actually have MS and is not aware of it until diagnosis at the doctors. It can lay dormant and show no signs until one day the onset of the symptoms take a women completely by surprised and sends her to the hospital.
With modern medicine the disease can be controlled in most cases. However…left untreated this disease can progress and rob a women of quality of life.

MS can progress steadily or cause acute attacks (exacerbations) followed by partial or complete reduction in symptoms (remission). Well this is a serious disease and can change the quality of life for some women, most patients can live a normal life.

A family history of MS should be taken seriously, well it does not mean that you will get the disease it does put you at greater risk.

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