What is Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that attacks a person’s central nervous system. There is a coating around our nerves called “myelin” that gets broken down and damaged in someone with MS. This interrupts the signals sent through the nerves causing inflammation in various parts of the body. The level of damage to the myelin, and therefore, the severity of the flare ups can vary from minimal to great.

Inflammation of The Optic Nerve

Tightness in Muscles

Difficulty Walking


Bladder Dysfunction


The symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are vast and unpredictable across the board; each case is different. Some of the more common effects of MS are fatigue, weakness, pain and tightness in muscles, and lapses in dexterity.

Dizziness and Poor Balance

Difficulty Swallowing and Speaking

Poor Coordination

Quick Changes in Mood

Muscular Pain and Weakness


  • MS is three times more likely in women than in men.
  • About 85% of people are diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS. Patients weave between random episodes/flare-ups and remission.
  • About 10% of people with MS have primary-progressive MS, which is defined as the type of MS which develops a slow accumulation of disability.
  • Approximately 1,000 Canadians are diagnosed with MS each year.
  • More than 100,000 (3%) people in Canada are living with MS.
  • More than 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide.
  • Progressive-relapsing MS is the rarest form of MS, being diagnosed in only 5% of patients. This kind of MS steadily worsens from the beginning.


Up until the last 10 years or so, treatments for MS didn’t include oral medication. These days, however, a variety of medication is available to treat relapsing-remitting MS, and secondary progressive MS. Medication has yet to be developed to slow primary progressive MS.These medications are taken to slow the progression of MS in the body and to help ease MS symptoms.

Physical Therapy

A variety of rehabilitation and physical therapies are also available to MS patients to improve and/or maintain physical function. These therapies can also be used to help improve health and reduce feelings of fatigue. Personal fitness, healthy eating, and rest are also encouraged to improve symptoms and well-being.

Steroid Treatment

Relapse therapies are treatments used to help in the recovery of a flare-up. Flare-ups are episodes or exacerbations of certain areas of the nervous system that can cause discomfort, pain, and even disability. Many forms of relapse therapies are steroid treatments, which help to ease inflammation and speed up the healing process.

Some MS patients choose to successfully tackle and address their symptoms naturally.

This can include natural herbal medicines and supplements, as well as a very natural healthy nutritional plan, lifestyle, regular exercise and alternative therapies.



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