The No BS Guide to Drinking with an Autoimmune Disease
Oh, I get that, too.” Those of us with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other chronic conditions are more used to hearing that reply than we care to be. Particularly when talking about fatigue, we hear that everyone gets tired sometimes and, perhaps, that we should just power through it.
After reading a paper published last year in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, I can only imagine talking with people about MS headaches.
The authors stated that while headache is rarely a symptom of multiple sclerosis, “Migraine-type headache occurs in pwMS [patients with MS] more frequently than in the general population.”
The eye rolls we’re going to get from our less-empathetic acquaintances from this one …
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.