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Systemic Sclerosis - How To Get Rid Of It?

Dr. Masood Adnan 91% (458 ratings)
MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS, Nephrology
General Physician, Roorkee
Systemic Sclerosis - How To Get Rid Of It?

Autoimmune disorders are one of the least understood disorders in the whole of medical science. Systemic Sclerosis is also an autoimmune disorder in which the skin undergoes changes in texture and characteristics.

However, the changes are not confined to the skin alone. It can affect blood vessels, muscles, digestive system, heart, kidneys, as well as the lungs. It typically affects people in the age group of 30 to 50 years, but the good thing is that doctors can diagnose this at any age.

It has been observed that more women fall prey to this disorder than men. The severity of symptoms may also vary from person to person. Nevertheless, the real cause of worry is the progressive nature of the disease. Due to this, it is, in fact, sometimes referred to as Progressive Systemic Sclerosis.

Causes of Systemic Sclerosis

It is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the skin and precipitates the problem. The attack by Immune System precipitates increased collagen production in the body, which accumulates in the skin tissue. This leads to changes in characteristics and the appearance of the skin.

Symptoms of Systemic Sclerosis

Systemic Sclerosis affects only the skin in the early stages. It may lead to thickening of skin and development of shiny areas around bony areas, such as nose, mouth, fingers etc. However, as the disease progresses, it may limit the movement of these affected areas. So one may have a problem in opening the mouth, parting fingers etc.

Other symptoms are:

Loss of hair

Deposit of lumps under the skin

Blood vessels under the skin getting dilated

Pain in the joints

Breathing difficulties

Dry cough

Constipation

Diarrhea

Swallowing difficulty

Reflux of food from esophagus

Feeling of bloating after taking meals

In addition to the above, one may also sometimes experience spasms in the blood vessels of fingers and toes. Legs and hands may turn blue or white if a person is undergoing emotional stress or is in extreme cold. This is also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon.

Risk Factors

Though the causes of the disease are not yet known, there are some risk factors which can make a person susceptible to this disease:

If a person is undergoing chemotherapy with certain drugs like Bleomycin or are exposed to stuff like silica dust, organic solvents etc., one may become susceptible to this disease.

Women are more prone to acquiring this disease than men.

If a person is a Native American or an African-American then too he/she is more susceptible to this problem.

Treatment of Systemic Sclerosis

Systemic Sclerosis can’t be cured, but its symptoms can certainly be reduced to some extent. So, treatment is specific to symptoms one is experiencing, and may include using the following:

corticosteroids

immunosuppressants

nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

blood pressure medication

aid to resolve breathing difficulty

physical therapy, light therapy etc.

The fact that this disease really can’t be fully cured makes this a pretty scare disease. Silver lining is that medication and other treatment options are able to suppress most of the symptoms.

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What is the treatment in homeopathy for my wife who is suffering from multiple sclerosis last 6 years.

Dr. Prakhar Singh 94% (1720 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
What is the treatment in homeopathy for my wife who is suffering from multiple sclerosis last 6 years.
The term 'sclerosis' is a general medical term referring to the hardening or depositing of extra tissue, usually as part of an inflammation process. Some of the best known types of sclerosis include multiple sclerosis, systemic sclerosis. The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown. It's considered an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. In the case of MS, this immune system malfunction destroys the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord
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Rehabilitation Psychology In Management Of Multiple Sclerosis!

Dr. T Santhanam 87% (10 ratings)
PHD Psychology
Psychologist, Chennai
Rehabilitation Psychology In Management Of Multiple Sclerosis!

Multiple sclerosis refers to disabling disease of the central nervous system, where the body’s immune system eats away the protective layer sheathing the nerve fibres and disrupts communication between the brain and the rest of your body. 

Often, multiple sclerosis is associated with impaired cognitive functioning. Cognitive changes have direct functional consequences on your quality of life, ranging from occupational activities to professional career and personal life. In addition to it, a complex interplay between cognitive impairment and mental disorders like anxiety and depression, which negatively affect the normal course of life.

Rehabilitation Psychology works through various techniques and aims to ease the impact of cognitive changes on everyday life rather than simply defining their severity and nature.

Rehabilitation Psychology Approach to Multiple Sclerosis

The goal of Psychological Rehabilitation programs is to improve and preserve mental and physical abilities, as well as help patients adapt to changes in functioning. 

A team of specialists – consisting of a psychologist, physician, physiotherapist, speech-language pathologist, and an occupational therapist – works together in order to offer you well-rounded support and care. These specialists have years of experience and expertise in the management of symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

The rehabilitation program helps you address the following problems related to multiple sclerosis –

How Rehabilitation Programs Can be Helpful?

Since multiple sclerosis affects each person differently, Rehabilitation Psychology provides tailor-made treatment to patients.

  • The team of specialists work closely with the patients to evaluate their health needs, track progress, address pain, and teach them strategies essential to cope with the chronic disease.

  • Occupational therapy is directed toward patients with mobility problems. The therapy helps you with daily tasks, such as dressing, cooking, and learning ways to manage personal hygiene. 

  • Rehabilitation strategies for speech-language problems help maximize your abilities to cope with cognitive functions.

Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong condition and can be challenging as it progresses. Many people require constant support, care and motivation to get through the tough phase. Rehabilitation Psychology is just the way to combat the psychological effects of multiple sclerosis. You should communicate your concerns to a doctor, and learn all you can about the disease. 

 

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Sclerosis and. Lysis seen in the heads of femur on both sides with ill defined articular margins means.

Dr. Prakhar Singh 94% (1720 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
Sclerosis and. Lysis seen in the heads of femur on both sides with ill defined articular margins means.
The term 'sclerosis' is a general medical term referring to the hardening or depositing of extra tissue, usually as part of an inflammation process. Some of the best known types of sclerosis include multiple sclerosis, systemic sclerosis. The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown. It's considered an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. In the case of ms, this immune system malfunction destroys the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord.
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Multiple Sclerosis - Know Homeopathy Role In It!

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 92% (29253 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Vadodara
Multiple Sclerosis  - Know Homeopathy Role In It!

Multiple sclerosis or MS is an autoimmune disease where the protective cover around the nerves is lost. This affects the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Symptoms commonly experienced by patients suffering from this condition include partial or complete loss of vision, weakness or numbness in one or more limbs, double vision, tremors, slurred speech, tiredness and lack of energy, and issues with bladder and bowel movements. In the early stages of this disease, these symptoms come and go. Allopathy has no cure for this disease but can help patients manage the symptoms and slow the speed at which the disease progresses.

What causes MS?
Damaged nerve signals can cause debilitating symptoms, including:

  1. muscle weakness
  2. walking problems
  3. fatigue
  4. vision problems

MS affects everyone differently. The severity of the disease and the types of symptoms vary from person to person. The exact cause of MS is still unknown. However, it is believed that the aforementioned factors may play a role in the development of the disease.

Symptoms-

  • Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs 
  • Partial or complete loss of vision
  • Prolonged double vision
  • Tingling or pain in parts of your body
  • Electric-shock sensations that occur with certain neck movements 
  • Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

How Homeopathy Can Help?

Homeopathy is also a very effective way of managing the symptoms of this disease. This is a constitutional form of medication that takes into account the patient’s overall physical and mental health, emotional state and symptoms being seen to prescribe a remedy. Unlike allopathic remedies, homeopathy not only addresses the symptoms being presented but it also addresses the root cause of the disease. It has negligible side effects and can be prescribed to children and adults of all ages. The goal of homeopathic treatment for multiple sclerosis is to reduce the severity and number of flare-ups and slow down the disease’s progression rate. It also seeks to improve the patient’s outlook, attitude, and energy levels thereby improving his or her quality of life.

There is no standard homeopathic remedy for this condition. As mentioned earlier, a homeopathic doctor takes into account many different factors to prescribe a remedy. Thus, two MS patients may be given different remedies if they have different physiques, personalities etc. For this reason, it is not advisable to self-medicate with homeopathy. Homeopathic treatment also requires patience as it takes a while for the body’s immune system to adapt. That said, it is important to note that homeopathy cannot be considered a miracle cure for patients suffering from advanced stages of multiple sclerosis. As with allopathic medication, the earlier a homeopathic remedy is prescribed, the more effective it will be.

In addition to following a homeopathic prescription or MS, the patient is also usually advised to make a few lifestyle changes. Stress is one of the biggest triggers for an MS episode. Hence, it becomes important for MS patients to de-stress and avoid high-stress events. A healthy diet and vitamin supplements can also help to strengthen the body.

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Myelopathy - What Are The Signs Of It?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - Orthopaedics, DNB (Orthopedics)
Orthopedic Doctor, Nagpur
Myelopathy - What Are The Signs Of It?

Myelopathy refers to any neurological deficit in the spinal cord. The three most common types of myelopathy are cervical myelopathy, lumbar myelopathy and thoracic myelopathy. Here are the causes and symptoms of myelopathy.

Causes

1.        Injury
This is a very common cause of myelopathy. Any type of accident or even a traumatic event can cause myelopathy and perhaps even paralysis.

2.        Spinal stenosis
This is a condition in which the spinal cord narrows. It is one of the leading causes of myelopathy.

3.        Degenerative disc disorders
As you get older, these get more likely as well as other conditions which affect the spinal column such as osteoporosis.

4.        Tumor
It is a little-known fact that tumors very often do cause myelopathy.

5.        Multiple sclerosis
There are many other diseases which may cause myelopathy and multiple sclerosis is one of them.

Symptoms

There are many indications that you are having a form of myelopathy and should consult a medical expert. Here are some of them.

1.        Changes in coordination
What this means is that all of a sudden you may find it harder to move certain limbs the way you want to. Sometimes, this can affect the whole body.

2.        Sudden muscle weakness
It is highly likely that if you have myelopathy then you will have sudden weakness in your muscles.

3.        Decreased hand-eye coordination
This is perhaps the biggest indicator of myelopathy since hand-eye coordination is directly linked to your spinal cord and brain and if they are not functioning properly then hand-eye coordination will be worse.

These are just some of the symptoms of myelopathy, however the doctor cannot diagnose myelopathy until he does certain tests. These tests include MRI scans and other tests as well as a regular physical check-up in addition to a look at your medical history.

 

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Have multiple sclerosis. Ms. is in dormant stage now. But since child birth having severe muscle weakness. Unable to stand or walk. Tremor in left arm. Physiotherapy and medication is going on. What need ps to be done.

Dr. S.K. Tandon 96% (42695 ratings)
M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG, CCCS ( CARDIOLOGY & STROKE)
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
A physical or occupational therapist can teach you stretching and strengthening exercises and show you how to use devices to make it easier to perform daily tasks. Physical therapy along with the use of a mobility aid when necessary can also help manage leg weakness and other gait problems often associated with MS.
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Multiple Sclerosis - What Causes It?

Dr. Sankalp Mohan 93% (100 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, Fellow In Pain Management, DM - Neurology
Neurologist, Navi Mumbai
Multiple Sclerosis - What Causes It?

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is an ailment that is mainly caused due to the degeneration of nerves in the body. The central nervous system is the main area affected by multiple sclerosis and it has been diagnosed that it occurs more in women than men. The main areas that are affected include optic nerves, brain, and spinal cord. Multiple sclerosis in other words also means scar tissues in multiple areas. There are 4 types of multiple sclerosis which include clinically isolated syndrome, relapse remitting, primary progressive, and secondary progressive.

Causes of Multiple Sclerosis

  1. Multiple sclerosis is regarded as an autoimmune disorder and its exact cause is not known by the doctors. The disease causes demyelination of the brain cells and spinal cord.
  2. People in the age group of 15-60 are the ones affected by this disease. According to scientists, the four main factors that cause this disease are virus, genetic, environmental and immunological.
  3. It is a long-lasting disease that causes disturbances in the body functions.
  4. The condition is examined by the doctors by checking the patient’s medical history, conducting neurological exams, and imaging scans.
  5. The spinal fluid analysis is also a procedure that can rule out the possibility of multiple sclerosis.

Symptoms Caused by Multiple Sclerosis

  • Some of the symptoms that are caused due to this disease include impaired coordination, pain, vision loss, and fatigue.
  • The nerves in our body are coated with myelin sheath that protects the nerves.
  • The myelin sheath also aids in the conduction of impulses all through the body.
  • Inflammation is caused due to multiple sclerosis which eventually results in thinning and destroying of the sheath.
  • The nerve without a coating is left with a scratch and this results in the nerve not functioning properly.
  • Severe chronic symptoms are faced by patients so at times pain occurs in the eyes and back. In some patients the symptoms are mild thus the disease is not noticed in the early stages.
  • The main symptoms include problems with thinking, memory, muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling. Many people even find trouble in walking due to multiple sclerosis.

Effects of Multiple Sclerosis

For more information on the disease and its causes, you must visit a medical practitioner near you.

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Multiple Sclerosis - What Should You Know?

Dr. Harshita Sethi 95% (214 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurvedic Doctor, Gurgaon
Multiple Sclerosis - What Should You Know?

Multiple Sclerosis is a condition of the immune system, where it attacks the central nervous system and destroys the protective sheath of nerve fibers. This is why, it is known as an autoimmune disease. It is a disabling disease for the spinal cord and the brain. If treatment is not begun in right earnest, the disease may damage the nervous system and disabled people.

However, there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis in modern medicine. Doctors can at most reduce the pace of progression of the disease, but not halt it. Nevertheless, Ayurveda may have an answer to this dreaded disease.

Modern Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis:

Modern medicine focuses on speeding up recovery from episodes like pain in the body, electric-shock sensations during certain movements, tremors, problems with coordination, etc. Other aspects of treatment include slowing the progress of the disease and managing the symptoms of the disease. People who are afflicted with only mild symptoms usually don’t need any treatment. However, for those who have severe symptoms like jerks, slurred speech, etc., Ayurveda may be the answer.

Ayurvedic Interpretation:

In Ayurveda, the malady is interpreted as an energy disorder. Practitioners consider this problem as one arising from improper digestion. Improper digestion leads to toxin formation. If the toxins are not removed, they accumulate in various tissues of the body. According to the tenets of Ayurveda, these toxins obstruct the movement of certain energies. This precipitates neuromuscular disorders.

Ayurvedic Remedy for Multiple Sclerosis:

Ayurvedic remedies for Multiple Sclerosis involve removing the toxins and restoring digestive capacity. It uses herbal remedies for that purpose. However, the task of removing the toxins is a comprehensive one. The toxins need to be eliminated from the tissues and at the same time they need to be prevented from accumulating in the tissues. This can be done by bringing in improvement in metabolism. In fact, this is the touchstone of Ayurvedic remedies for Multiple Sclerosis. Ayurvedic practitioners use Aloe Vera gel to detoxify and improve metabolism in patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Natural minerals and vitamins of Aloe Vera also help in strengthening the immune system and putting a brake on its autoimmune activities.

Lifestyle Changes:

While various remedies help to expel toxins and prevent build-up toxins, patients need to bring in a change in their lifestyle in order to bring in long-standing improvements in digestive capacity and metabolism.

Dietary Habits:

Stuff like green tea has huge potential in prevention and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases. In fact, a certain chemical known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate has the ability to prevent the T-cells of immune system from attacking the nerve sheath.

Avoid stimulants like alcohol or coffee, fermented foods, peanuts, acidic foods, etc. One should also avoid or quit cigarettes.

Foods that are helpful are whole grains, almonds, Chlorella, Spirulina, Ghee, etc. Eating food which increases the metabolism and digestion of the body will also be helpful for this situation.

Conclusion:

While modern medicine does not have an answer to Multiple Sclerosis, Ayurveda offers a glimmer of hope. Patients need to bring in a comprehensive change in their lifestyle that includes improving lifestyles and taking specific food and drinks that help in fighting the disease. One should always consult a doctor if the symptoms are visible.

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Multiple Sclerosis - Causes And Symptoms!

Dr. Sumanto Chatterjee 85% (10 ratings)
DM - Neurology, MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Neurologist, Delhi
Multiple Sclerosis - Causes And Symptoms!

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is an ailment that is mainly caused due to the degeneration of nerves in the body. The central nervous system is the main area affected by multiple sclerosis and it has been diagnosed that it occurs more in women than men. The main areas that are affected include optic nerves, brain, and spinal cord. Multiple sclerosis in other words also means scar tissues in multiple areas. There are 4 types of multiple sclerosis which include clinically isolated syndrome, relapse remitting, primary progressive, and secondary progressive.

Causes of Multiple Sclerosis

  1. Multiple sclerosis is regarded as an autoimmune disorder and its exact cause is not known by the doctors. The disease causes demyelination of the brain cells and spinal cord.
  2. People in the age group of 15-60 are the ones affected by this disease. According to scientists, the four main factors that cause this disease are virus, genetic, environmental and immunological.
  3. It is a long-lasting disease that causes disturbances in the body functions.
  4. The condition is examined by the doctors by checking the patient’s medical history, conducting neurological exams, and imaging scans.
  5. The spinal fluid analysis is also a procedure that can rule out the possibility of multiple sclerosis.

Symptoms Caused by Multiple Sclerosis

  • Some of the symptoms that are caused due to this disease include impaired coordination, pain, vision loss, and fatigue.
  • The nerves in our body are coated with myelin sheath that protects the nerves.
  • The myelin sheath also aids in the conduction of impulses all through the body.
  • Inflammation is caused due to multiple sclerosis which eventually results in thinning and destroying of the sheath.
  • The nerve without a coating is left with a scratch and this results in the nerve not functioning properly.
  • Severe chronic symptoms are faced by patients so at times pain occurs in the eyes and back. In some patients the symptoms are mild thus the disease is not noticed in the early stages.
  • The main symptoms include problems with thinking, memory, muscle weakness, numbness, and tingling. Many people even find trouble in walking due to multiple sclerosis.

Effects of Multiple Sclerosis

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