Multiple sclerosis (abbreviated MS, also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata) is a chronic, inflammatory, demyelinating disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). MS can cause a variety of symptoms, including changes in sensation, visual problems, muscle weakness, depression, difficulties with coordination and speech, severe fatigue, cognitive impairment, problems with balance, overheating, and pain. MS will cause impaired mobility and disability in more severe cases.
Multiple sclerosis affects neurons, the cells of the brain and spinal cord that carry information, create thought and perception, and allow the brain to control the body. Surrounding many of these neurons is a fatty layer known as the myelin sheath, which helps neurons carry electrical signals. MS causes gradual destruction of myelin (demyelination) and transection of neuron axons in patches throughout the brain and spinal cord. When the myelin is destroyed, the neurons can no longer effectively conduct their electrical signals. The name multiple sclerosis refers to the multiple scars (or scleroses) on the myelin sheaths. This scarring causes symptoms which vary widely depending upon which signals are interrupted.
The symptoms of MS are unpredicatable. Some people experience an increase in symptoms over a long period of time, where others experience symptoms coming and going.
The most common symptoms of MS include:
- Symptoms of fatigue are worse in the afternoon, after exercising or in warm weather conditions.
- Vision problems can include colour blindness, soreness behind the eyes, loss of vision for multiple days and flashes of light when moving your eyes.
- Numbness and tingling in the lower limbs and arms.
- Muscle spasms, stiffness and weakness.
- Mobility problems.
- Pain can be experienced in two ways. Neuropathic pain which is pain due to damage to the nervous system. This may include stabbing pains in the face and a variety of sensations in the trunk and limbs, including feelings of burning, pins and needles, hugging or squeezing. Muscle spasms can sometimes be painful. The other form of pain is musculoskeletal pain which is pain in the back, neck and joints.
- Problems with thinking, learning and planning. MS patients have trouble remembering short term. Long-term memory is usually not affected. MS patients will also experience slowness in processing lots of information or multi-tasking, short attention span, getting stuck on words, problems with understanding and processing visual information, such as reading a map, difficulty in solving or completing tasks, problems with reasoning.
- Depression and anxiety
- Sexual problems
- Bladder problems. Frequent urination, sensation of a full bladder but bladder is actually empty, difficulty in emptying your bladder, frequent urination during the night and recurrent urinary tract infections.
- Bowel problems can include, constipation and bowel incontinence where stool becomes stuck. This can irritate the bowel and cause it to produce more fluid and mucus, which tends to then leak from your bottom.
- Speech and swallowing difficulties. Slurred speech and difficulty swallowing is a common symptom of MS
A patient with MS will not necessarily experience all of the above symptoms, but if you are worried, consult with your doctor immediately.
Although we have received reports from patients who experienced improvements in their health after being treated by ozone steam saunas, there is no known cure for MS. Ozone Therapy may help improve some of the symptoms of MS. Ozone therapy kills viruses, combats infections, combats fatigue and fights inflammation, Ozone increases oxygen levels in the blood and reduces pain and swelling, reduce anxiety and fight depression. Regular sessions of Ozone Therapy can drastically improve your health and boost your immune system.
For all patients suffering from MS, always consult your doctor before starting with Ozone Therapy.
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