Many people in the UK live with the chronic autoimmune disease called multiple sclerosis, or MS, and each person experiences MS in a different way
Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong condition that originates in the brain and spinal cord, but it can affect all parts of a person’s body. MS impacts the coverings of nerve endings, so the entire central nervous system can be affected; this is why symptoms are observable in so many different situations. The symptoms of MS that a person experiences depend on the part of the nervous system affected. The brain and the spinal cord, after all, make decisions about nearly everything the body can do. Sometimes, the condition of multiple sclerosis is mild, but MS can develop into a challenging disability that can cause significant life changes. Guardian Angel Carers can ease this transition process with daily visits, around-the-clock support, or a combination of the two that works best for you and your loved one.
Though symptoms of multiple sclerosis can manifest at any age, most people who have MS were diagnosed in their 20s and 30s. Anyone can develop symptoms of MS, but the disease appears to impact mostly women. Because MS often strikes during a woman’s child-bearing years, emotional support and careful planning are key. Multiple sclerosis does not limit a woman’s ability to have children in a direct way, but it does mean that conscientious planning may be in order to ensure that pregnancy care and post-natal care plans are in place. Whilst pregnant, a woman with MS might find that she relapses less often, but after the arrival of the baby, the fatiguing early days with a newborn make the provision of extra support an important priority.
Early signs of MS might take the form of tingling sensations, as well as fatigue and motor problems that afffect walking, balance, and/or coordination. These symptoms can appear alongside cognitive issues with problem-solving, thinking, and planning. People with MS often describe feelings of ‘pins and needles’ or a numb sensation in different parts of their bodies. Discomfort may also take the form of muscle stiffness and spasms, and problems with vision can also occur. Typically, a neurologist will be needed in order to diagnose MS accurately, as scans and other tests are used to look for various features and patterns of symptoms that definitively indicate multiple sclerosis.
Relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis is the most frequently occurring form of MS. Relapsing remitting means that a person with MS has episodes of new symptoms, or current symptoms that worsen for a length of time and then slowly improve; the periods of time in between these episodes are called periods of remission. Stress and illness can trigger episodes, but often they simply take place without warning. In this case, having a Guardian Angel visit regularly, on call or living in one’s own home means that your loved one never has to worry about being alone at the onset of a challenging episode.
Progressive MS is a better description of the autoimmune disease if the condition is characterised by symptoms that become gradually worse over time. Three forms of progressive MS have been identified by the medical profession, and no matter which of the three forms impacts a person, they all involve symptoms that worsen. Whether your loved one’s experience with MS is episodic or one characterised by gradual progression, Guardian Angel Carers can provide support in whatever form best suits your needs.
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