Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an incurable degenerative disease that affects the myelin sheath around nerve cells.
MS is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, where the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain, the spinal cord, and the optic nerves. The immune system does this by causing inflammation that damages the myelin, the cells the make myelin, and often the nerve fibers themselves. When this damage occurs, transmissions within the CNS are altered or stopped, causing a myriad of neurological symptoms. The damaged areas develop scar tissue; multiple sclerosis means multiple areas of scarring. The impact of MS is unpredictable; no two patients are alike. Each patient’s symptoms are determined solely upon which nerves their MS attacks and upon the frequency and severity of the attacks.
The exact cause of MS is not known. Scientific research into causes and triggers of MS falls into four general categories:
Understanding the causes and triggers of MS will help in the development of more effective treatments and will ultimately lead to discovering ways to cure or, better yet, prevent the disease.
There is no definitive list of symptoms, physical findings, or lab tests that can determine if a patient has MS. However, the following are characteristics of clinical findings in patients experiencing the early signs of multiple sclerosis:
Patients with MS experience symptoms when the transmission of nerve signals along the CNS is disrupted. Symptoms vary from person to person, depending on the location of the damage. As a result, signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis alone are not sufficient to diagnose MS. A definitive MS diagnosis requires both evidence visible via MRI of at least two areas of damage on the CNS that have occurred at different times and the exclusion of other explanations for symptoms.
MS can affect every major function in the body, so it’s not surprising that living with MS is complicated. The following are examples of challenges MS patients face:
A cursory glance through the complications of living with MS makes it easy to see why this disease poses a challenge for seniors. For seniors and caregivers, it’s often difficult to distinguish between symptoms of MS and symptoms of aging. This makes it very hard for health care providers to determine if MS is active or progressing, making choosing and evaluating treatment protocols especially challenging. Seniors with MS require special attention, often around the clock. Care involves the following:
As MS treatments improve, more and more patients with MS are living into their senior years. The professional caregivers at 24 Hour Home Care are here to provide specialized at-home care for seniors living with MS. Our caregivers understand the complexities facing older MS patients and are committed to providing competent, compassionate care designed to help patients maintain their quality of life. Call today to learn more about our in-home MS care services.
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