Multiple sclerosis unpacked and explained

There are several immune disorders and diseases that can range from some that can be managed or maintained with treatment to others where the effects can be prolonged but will always continue to be progressive.  Autoimmune diseases are when your immune system mistakenly attacks your body and starts fighting your own healthy cells. 

Look to catch the symptoms early

If you’re suffering from unusual symptoms like chronic pain or ongoing lethargy it is always worth booking an appointment with a doctor and getting checked out.  It is better to get seen to especially if you think there might be early signs of multiple sclerosis. It is always better to be looked at sooner rather than later before serious damage begins to set in, and the effects are irreparable.  The human body is very robust and resilient and its ability to fight back is amazing. But in the cases of autoimmune diseases it needs to be helped and guided to know what to fight and what not to fight.  That is where having the right medication for the right disorder is so important. 

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a very unpredictable disease that occurs in the brain and spinal cord, affecting the central nervous system.  The immune system mistakenly attacks the myelin, which is the sheath that covers the nerve fibres and protects them, and the nerves deteriorate and eventually permanent damage sets in.  This is where the disease gets its name, it is because there are multiple areas of damage or scarring on the spinal cord. How that affects the body is that the brain then struggles to communicate to the rest of the body. 

 Coming to terms with living with multiple sclerosis

Dealing with multiple sclerosis begins with coming to terms with the reality that there is no cure, one can only treat is as best as possible to stop the symptoms from flaring and hopefully go into long term remission with little to no issues.  Part of coming to terms with living with multiple sclerosis is to properly understand the facts.  A lot of this can be accomplished on your own through desktop research, but steer away from inauthentic sites that are not correct or accurate.  A lot of poor information is distributed. 


Research the different ways of diagnosis and treatments.  These too will vary, most especially because there is still no known direct cause or cure, so most treatment is purely symptomatic and is done through trial and error.  Use blogs of people who have lived and live with multiple sclerosis to prepare you for what to expect and the challenges you may face when living with the disease. 

Common concerns when living with multiple sclerosis

After being diagnosed, there are so many additional concerns that a person is faced with that is not expected or obvious.  Some of these may be financial stress, weight gain, emotional frustration, fears, and anxiety. It is important not to shy away from them and be open and honest with where you are and what you are feeling or experiencing.