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Saturday, September 18, 2010 Is Your One-Stop-Shop For Information On Multiple Sclerosis

Recently, a colleague of mine at work publicly announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I did not know this colleague very well, and I knew even less about multiple sclerosis. So, the next time I met her while I was walking around at work, I screwed up my courage and struck up a conversation with her.

I conveyed my sympathy to her, and then asked her what multiple sclerosis and what living with it entails. She explained briefly what she knew, then referred me to a website to get more detailed information if I was interested in finding out more. That website is

I went to later that evening, and it truly is a vast collection of information about every aspect of this dreadful disease. Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system in which nerve cells start losing their insulating myelin sheaths. The loss of this shield causes difficulty in transmission of nerve impulses, making certain movements difficult or impossible.

MS is considered an autoimmune disorder in which the body's own immune system is responsible for the destruction of the myelin sheath of the nerve cells. No genetic trait has been isolated to account for the development of multiple sclerosis, but the disease does run in families. There is no known treatment for the disease. MS symptoms include depression, weakness and fatigue, spasms, diminishing of intellect, incontinence, sexual dysfunction and pain among others. not only has a lot of information about the disease, but also about coping and living with it. There are sections of the website devoted to dealing with the mental effects of the disease, as well as the physical aspects. The website has articles that talk about relaxation and other stress reduction techniques. It gives suggestions about coping techniques for dealing with the neurological effects of the disease such as loss of coordination, memory loss, etc. There is even an article dealing with nutrition and the multiple sclerosis diet.

If you or a loved one suffer from this terrible disease, or if you are just curious and want to know and learn more about this disease, is a good starting point. The site is comprehensive and covers all aspects of the disease from diagnosis to treatment and coping options. I wish nobody had to suffer from a dread disease like MS, but given that it is out there, it is a good thing sites like this are out there too, to support sufferers and their caregivers.

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