What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a condition in which the central system gets affected in the first place, including your brain and spinal cord. In multiple sclerosis, the immune system is at fault and starts to attack the layer that protects myelin, around the nerve fibers. The result of this could be problems in the communication between the brain and the body. Eventually, the nervous system breaks down resulting in life-threatening complications.
Multiple sclerosis results in inflammation and prolonged lesions caused by the scarring of the tissues. The fluctuations in the tissues make it tough for the brain to send signals to different parts of the body.
Types of MS
There are four types of multiple sclerosis:
Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS): This form of MS usually results in the signs that may last for up to 24 hours. If in case, the signs do appear, later on, it is referred to as relapse-remitting MS.
Relapse-remitting MS (RRMS): This form of MS is held accountable for more than 85% of cases of MS. In RRMS, the signs may go on progressing and may stop partially or completely.
Primary progressive MS (PPMS): In PPMS, the signs may grow all of a sudden, without periods of relapses or remissions.
Secondary progressive MS (SPMS): In the first place, a person may experience the signs of relapse or remission, while the condition is progressing rapidly.
The signs may go from mild to moderate to severe ones from time to time. The common signs linked to multiple sclerosis may include:
Fatigue is the most common sign of multiple sclerosis. Feeling overtired, bereavement of energy, sleepiness can affect your normal life.
Changes in the tissues can hinder your speech. Dysarthria, which is a common sign in people with multiple sclerosis can go from mild to severe.
An individual with multiple sclerosis may have difficulty walking due to poor cognitive abilities. It is common to witness weak muscles, spasticity, imbalance, numbness in the feet, legs, etc.
It is normal to experience poor vision as a sign of multiple sclerosis. Usually, it happens in one eye, but both eyes may also get affected. With age, sightedness may become worst.
Feeling sensations, or electric shock as you walk may sign that you have multiple sclerosis. This is referred to as Lhermitte’s signs.
Tremor is common in people with multiple sclerosis characterized by shaking movements in several parts of the body.
Incomplete bowel movements
It is the sensation of needing to evacuate stool despite your bowel being empty.
Balance or off-balance is also common.
You may lose interest in sexual activity. This may happen in both males and females.
Other ostensible symptoms include:
- acute or chronic pain
- cognitive issues involving concentration, memory, and word-finding
- difficulty swallowing and chewing
- sleep issues
Multiple sclerosis affects people differently. Due to immobility it causes, it may impact your social and personal life. Symptoms may show up periods of relapse or remission. As and when the condition progresses to advanced stages, you may have a problem concentrating or feel hypersensitivity to heat.
Scientists consider multiple sclerosis to be an autoimmune disorder. As the immune system is at fault, it starts to damage the fatty substances that act as a protective layer on nerve fibers in your brain and spinal cord.
Though the cause of multiple sclerosis is not fully understood, a combination of genes can actually elevate your risk of developing MS later in life.
- Age: Usually, the onset is when you are around 20 and 40 years of age. But, it may also occur in younger and older people also.
- Sex: Women are more likely to get MS.
- Certain infections: Viral infections, including those causing mononucleosis.
- Autoimmune disease: If you have an ongoing autoimmune disorder such as psoriasis, thyroid disorder, pernicious anemia, type 1 diabetes, or inflammatory bowel disease, etc. your risk multiplies.
- Smoking: Those who smoke and experience signs an onset of signs are more likely to have to develop a second event that confirms the relapse of MS.
- Family history. If you have a first-degree relative with MS, you are at a risk.
- Vitamin D. If you have low vitamin D levels in your body and you do not get enough sunlight exposure usually, there is a risk of MS.
Ayurvedic treatment for multiple sclerosis
In Ayurveda, multiple sclerosis is referred to as “Avrutha/avarana vata”. It means a hindrance to the normal functioning of Vata.
It is substantially believed that when doshas or life energies of the body are not in order, one is bound to get ill. You may observe related to changes in Vata which include foggy mind, improper digestion, and toxins buildup in the body. The buildup of toxins is called Ama which is detoxified during the ayurvedic treatment. Otherwise, this buildup of waste can create blockages in the minute channels of the body, which help organs function normally. If left untreated, this blockage can be life-endangering, resulting in severe damage to the nerves and tissues.
At AyuKarma, we always take care of the needs of the patient and assure that they never fall into the trap of unhealthy body. We are committed to taking care of the health using only natural procedures as laid by Ayurveda.