FROM OUR EXPERTS
As MS patients we all know what a demyelinating disease is, right?
“...any disease of the nervous system in which the myeline sheath of neurons is damaged. This impairs the conduction of signals in the affected nerves, causing impairment in sensation, movement, cognition, or other functions depending on which nerves are involved.”
Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) include multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis (TM), Devic's disease (same as neuromyelitis optica), optic neuritis (ON), progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis (ADEM).
Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), also known as Devic's Disease, is very rare. The exact figures are unknown but estimated to be no more than 6/1000 people (in Europe / North America), whereas with multiple sclerosis it is 1/800 people. Attacks of Devic's tend to be more severe with lasting disability, while initial attacks of RRMS recov...
You've found a great site for multiple sclerosis information and community. We have much to offer to people who having been living with MS for years, to people who have just been diagnosed with MS, as well as those who are in limbo and have not yet been diagnosed. Our community members are extraordinary, providing the type of encouragement and support which is sometimes hard to find on the internet.
We have an extensive archive of Shareposts , contributed by experts and community members, spanning a full range of subjects related to multiple sclerosis. Our community members help each other frequently by asking and answering questions in our Q&A section .
If you are looking for what others have already said related to a specific topic, you can use the search bar found at the top of each page. Just enter a couple words or a phrase related to the desired subject and you will find links to the many Shareposts, Questions, and reference material...
You've received the diagnosis . You have multiple sclerosis. Where do you go from here? Your personal physician will be your first source of information. He or she will try to give you an idea of what to expect, though you will probably be cautioned that each case is different and prognosis is difficult. You will be given information on the various medications currently available and it will be your task to choose. Making sure that you have a good neurologist with whom you can form a solid doctor-patient relationship is your first priority. Take steps to ensure that your neurologist and your primary physician are each aware of all treatments and medications. Beyond that, you must take it upon yourself to get an education in MS and become your own advocate . Books, peer groups and reputable websites are all good sources of information. Do be careful and check your sources. Don't fall victim to misinformation or magic cures. Unfortunately, there are those who wo...
You should know
Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.