It is estimated that there are currently around 100,000 people with MS in the UK.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is most commonly diagnosed in people aged 15-40, although it can happen at any age.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a fairly common and generally progressive disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and can occur at any age. Each nerve fibre in the brain and spinal cord is surrounded by a layer of protein called myelin, which protects the nerve and helps electrical signals from the brain travel to the rest of the body. In MS, the myelin becomes damaged, which disrupts the transfer of nerve signals.

Women are affected more often than men with approximately 3 time more women being diagnosed.

MS is a condition that is episodic in nature as the symptoms may occur and be quite disabling but then may clear up completely.

Some people have a slowly progressive condition without episodes of remission and other MS sufferers have static periods in the course of the disease. At the onset, the MS sufferer will have a great variety of sensory and motor disturbances, many of which are fleeting.

Sadly at this time there is no drug that can cure MS.

Symptoms of MS

The disruption of the transfer of nerve signals may lead to symptoms such as:

  • blurring or loss of vision, often just 1 eye
  • stiffness, uncontrolled muscle movements
  • numbness, tingling
  • difficulties with balance, coordination
  • fatigue

With MC, there are altered sensations of many kinds, such as spastic paralysis of upper motor neuron type with exaggerated tendon reflexes and extensor plantar responses. Intention tremor and staccato speech may occur and MS sufferers many have an unsteadiness of the eyes, difficulty with vision due to blurriness, loss of colour vision or weakness of the eye muscles.

Treating MS

If you have concerns about your wellbeing, we can recommend various investigations depending on your symptoms and discuss and help implement possible treatment programmes which will be tailor-made to help you manage and treat the symptoms. Each patient’s treatment will depend on their specific symptoms.

Some examples of treatments:

  • Administration of Copolymer 1 (Copaxone) has been shown to rebalance the immune response in MS by encouraging the body to react differently immunologically.
  • Permeability of the blood brain barrier is an important factor to consider. Stimuli to re-insulate the nerves include growth factors, such as platelet derived growth factor, triiodothyronine (T3) and vitamin B12.
  • Thiamine also plays a role in myelination, which is the covering of the nerve.
  • Deficiencies of other nutrients, such as copper, also cause demyelination, which is loss of nerve sheath can also be addressed. We can investigate various nutritional deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity and heat stress and supply the nutritional supplements required which may included antioxidants, multivitamins and essential fats. By boosting the body’s immune system and addressing allergies/sensitivities, we have helped many MS patients.

Also, diet recommendation sand supplements have helped manage MS symptoms.

With the causes of MS patients’ sensitisation managed, sufferers may be freed from exacerbations and may be maintained in remission.

Costs

As you can see, every MS patient has different symptoms and needs to in individual treatment programme.  After your first appointment, you will be given a detailed estimate, with your recommended treatment programme in detail with all the costs, which will be explained to you by your Patient Liaison Officer.

On the day of your appointment or anytime afterward, if you have any specific questions regarding prices, estimates and treatment programmes, please contact a Patient Liaison Officer, by phone 01442 261 333 ext 293, or email: liaison@breakspearmedical.com

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