What is going on?
By: Turkessa Gordon
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis MS, many new MSers questioned their life to the point of diagnosis. They torment themselves to find answers to questions: Why their body now feels and reacts strangely? Did I do something to cause this disease? Where do I go from here? All these questions and more entered my mind after hearing the earth shattering, “I am sorry to tell you that you have MS.”
Why is my body acting this way? Your body goes from functioning normally to suddenly and/or gradually starts changing with vision issues from vertigo to double vision to loss of vision, slurred speech, numbness, electric-shock sensations that occur with neck movements, tremors, bladder and bowel function issues and pain in various areas of the body and/or limbs are just a few of the symptoms.
Did I do something to cause this disease? This question crept into my mind a few times over the years. Regardless of what I was told by doctors or what I read about multiple sclerosis. According to the mayoclinic.org site: the cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown. It is considered an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. In the case of MS, this immune system malfunction destroys the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord known as myelin sheath.
Where do I go from here? After the testing and a neurologist ruling out all other disorders and diseases. The neurologist will diagnose you and setup a plan of attack that is best for your type of MS. It is unfortunate that over 20 years have passed since my initial diagnosis without a cure being created for MS. The neurologist will probably have the patient placed on IV infusion steroids initially, before being prescribed a disease modifying therapy, which could consist of self-administered injections, IV infusions treatments, to oral regimens. Although MS is not a Fatal disease it is more of a quality-of-life disease that comes with pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. The life expectancy of MS patients is normal compared to general population life expectancy.
[iMayoclinic.org ii Healthline.com/health/multiple sclerosis