(Dr Rosie Jones from http://ms-research.org.uk/about-us/)
MS is an illness that is widespread across the world. However not many people know what it is or how it behaves. Along with this come many misconceptions to what the illness entails.
What is MS?
MS is an illness that is a neurological condition. That means it affects your nerves. It’s caused when your immune system isn’t working properly.
MS is not a death sentence. Life expectancy is normal or close to normal for most people with MS. It is a life sentence, however, meaning that there is no cure—although there are plenty of treatments to slow MS down and reduce symptoms. However everyday life is very different.
What is the future?
A number of different drugs are available in order to slow or stop the effects that MS has on the body however the illnesses itself isn’t curable.
There has been a breakthrough in the last few years with a new way to cure MS (called STEM cell treatment ) that includes destroying a persons immune system to put a new one in place.There’s always a risk involved in curing something but the idea of being able to wipe out a person’s entire immune system is far beyond what most people imagine possible. Patients consider that stem cell treatment for MS improved their symptoms (on average) by 81,6 %.
MS has been around for years. Each year around 5,000 people are newly diagnosed and over 100,000 people in the UK alone have the condition. But how many people really know what it is? With many misconceptions as to what the illness entails and how it affects the body I turned to Dr Rosie jones to explain.
BACK ANNO: for more information about MS you can visit ms-research.org.uk.
IN: ‘The primary attack..’
OUT: ‘….live with it.’