Saturday, March 21, 2009

What are the Effects of Multiple Sclerosis on the Immune System?

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Multiple Sclerosis attacks nerves or nerve cells throughout out bodies. MultipleSclerosis is known for attacking and causing damage to the myelin sheath that surround, protect and insulate the spinal cord. M S also tends to attack the brain, and in particular the Blood Brain Barrier, which surrounds and protects the brain.  Most cases of Multiple Sclorosis tend to result in damage to the nerve cells thorough out the body.

Muliple Sclerosis also weakens the immune system, setting us up to end up with frequent infections more often that are difficult for our bodies to fight back against. Just about any kind of infection appears to become a possibility for those with MS, but there are certain types of infections that are seen more often in those with Multiple Sclerosis.

It is way too easy for those of us with Multiple S or Multiple Sclerose to have a problem with having one infection after the other, sometime for 3 to 6 months straight because of Multiple Sclerosis immune system being weakened, our immune systems do not respond as they should.  Our immune systems can become so much weaker after just one infection that it takes too long for our bodies to recover after an infection.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What are Relapses, Exacerbations and Attacks in MS?

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Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder, where the body attacks itself, as if it is a foreign invader.  The majority of what is attacked and damaged is ms nerves or ms neurons.  The attacks, relapses or exacerbations are all different words for describing what it is called during the periods of time where the body is under attack by whatever is the cause of Multiple Sclerosis.

MS exacerbations, relapses and attacks are pretty much different names for describing the same thing.  Basically ms relapses, attacks and exacerbations are where the myelin sheath on the spinal cord, the Blood Brain Barrier or other nerves throughout the body are damaged, degrading the nerves that are attacked and resulting in scarring in place of the damaged nerve cells.

The result of the ms relapses cause our bodies to show function less than it could before the relapse occurred. The relapses are often followed by some recovery from the loss of function during the relapses, where the body appears to go into remission. MS research is helping us to understand more of the effect of Multiple Sclerosis on the body with relapses being followed by partial or maybe even full recovery of what was lost during the attack.

Triggers to MS relapses. exacerbations and attacks are:

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

MS Stress: Can Reducing Stress Help increase MS Stem Cells?

Finding ways to reduce our MS stress for those of us who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis does more for reducing our Multiple Sclerosis symptoms than researchers and doctors alike really knew or understood before.

Reducing stress levels, after we are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis can definitely help reduce the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, but did you know that reducing stress can actually help to increase the number of stem cells that our immune system produces to help repair damage to the immune system?

This can actually decrease the demyelination of the spinal cord and the brain by helping to reduce MS exacerbations, relapses or attacks and by boosting the body's own defenses by the immune system, when it comes to being able to fight off infections.

The MS research has been showing much more that when we find ways to reduce the stress that we are over reacting to that this helps to calm down our over reactive nervous systems. On top of this, reducing how stressed out we feel can actually help the body to relax and rest, which will stimulate stem cells to be produced in our bodies. These stem cells help to repair the damage to the myelin sheath, which insulates and protects the spinal cord, in addition to helping to repair the Blood Brain Barrier, which surrounds and protects the brain.

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