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MS Facts & Statistics

When I was first diagnosed with MS, I was compelled to do a lot of research on the internet to find out more about MS and what I could do to enhance my overall health and well-being, despite the diagnosis.  I encourage you to educate yourself, research your options and do what FEELS right to you.  Take this process slowly though, because all the information can be quite overwhelming at first. 

With a Masters Degree in Statistics, you can imagine that it was VERY important to me to find statistics and data about MS and make my decisions based on what I found.  To make the research process easier for you, I have summarized below a few Facts and Statistics that I found on MS when I initially did my research. 

Keep in mind that this is just information that may help you to understand the disease that you were just diagnosed with. 

If you are the type of person who wants to do something to improve your health NOW and if you really don’t care about what the research says, then contact me today to schedule a no obligation consultation on how coaching can help you!


I am going to go out on a limb and let you know that …

If you really want to change the course of your overall health and “treat” the disease of MS, then I strongly recommend that you change the way you think and feel about the diagnosis of MS and your overall health in general.

Matter of fact, your thoughts and feelings around all areas of your life will most definitely impact the state of your overall health and well-being.
You can count on that!


If you choose to work with me as your Personal Health Coach, I will teach you HOW to shift your thoughts and feelings to positively impact your overall health.

This is the real secret to “treating” any disease.

Your Mind-Set is the most powerful drug you have that has the capacity to heal your body, without any negative side-effects! Contact me today for more information about how the coaching process will help you to turn your overall state of health around!


What is Multiple Sclerosis? 1

  • Multiple Sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, neurological disease of the Central Nervous System (CNS). The CNS consists of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.

  • Myelin is a fatty tissue that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers and helps conduct electrical impulses in the CNS.

  • When myelin is lost in multiple areas it leaves scar tissue called ‘sclerosis’ (which is also referred to as plaques or lesions).

  • MS interferes with the ability of the nerves to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain.

  • Besides myelin, MS can also damage nerve cells (neurons) and axons (extensions of nerve cells that transmit electrical impulses).


Types of MS 1

Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS)

The most common form of MS (approximately 85% of all cases)
Categorized by clearly defined flare-ups (also referred to as ‘relapses’, ‘exacerbations’ or ‘attacks’) followed by periods of partial or complete recovery (remission).

Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SPMS)

People with SPMS experience an initial period of relapsing-remitting MS
Categorized by a steady worsening of disease with or without occasional flare-ups, minor recoveries (remissions), or plateaus.
Before the current treatments became available, about 50% of people with RRMS developed SPMS within 10 years of their initial diagnosis. Long-term data are not yet available to show if this is significantly delayed by treatment.

Primary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS)

A less common form of MS (approximately 10% of all cases).
Categorized by a slow but continuous worsening of disease from onset with no distinct relapses or remissions.
Rates of progression, plateaus, and temporary minor improvements vary among patients.

Progressive-Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

Relatively rare form of MS – Approximately 5%
People with this type of MS experience a steady worsening of disease from onset but also have clear acute relapses, with or without recovery.
In contrast to RRMS, the periods between relapses are characterized by continuing disease progression.


MS Statistics 1

  • Approximately 400,000 Americans are believed to have MS.
  • Worldwide, MS may affect as many as 2.5 million individuals.
  • Every week about 200 new people are diagnosed in the United States.
  • MS is 2 to 3 times more likely to occur in women.
  • MS generally strikes between the ages of 20 and 50.

MS Symptoms 1

The symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) vary greatly from one person to the next. Just because one person has a specific symptom DOES NOT mean that you will develop this symptom. MS is an unpredictable disease. Your own doctor cannot tell you EXACTLY how it may progress in your body. So, don’t waste your energy worrying about what the future has in store for you. STAY IN THE PRESENT MOMENT and LIVE LIFE FULLY… NOW!

Note: The symptoms of MS can be similar to many other medical conditions. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN before drawing any conclusions about your health status.

Most Common Symptoms Less Common Symptoms
Numbness or “pins and needles” feeling (sensory symptoms) Speech and swallowing problems
Difficulty walking Coordination Problems
Fatigue Tremor
Visual Problems (Optic Neuritis) Impaired hearing
Change in Cognitive function, including problems with memory, attention, and problem-solving.    
Bowel and bladder problems    
Changes in sexual function    
Depression    
Pain    
 

The above symptoms are considered primary symptoms since they are a direct result of the destruction of myelin (called “demyelination”).

However, there can be secondary & tertiary symptoms as well. The secondary symptoms can occur as indirect results of the primary symptoms (e.g., inactivity can result in loss of muscle tone and weakness that is not related to the demyelination). Tertiary symptoms are the social, vocational and emotional complications that can arise from the diagnosis of a chronic health condition.


Possible Causes of MS 1

  • The exact cause of MS is unknown
  • Most researchers believe that damage may result from an abnormal response of the immune system
  • Several factors may be responsible, including:

    Genetics
    Gender
    Environment (viruses, trauma, toxicology)

“You could have every disease known to man within you today, and if you chose different-feeling thoughts tomorrow, they would all leave your body.  The key is to not give any unwanted thing much attention.  When it doesn’t feel good --- turn your attention someplace else.”
~ from the Teachings of Abraham Hicks

The above quote is what I base my coaching services on.  I teach people like you how to shift their thoughts and feelings so that they are in perfect alignment with great health.  Contact me today to find out more.


Other resources on my site:

MS WEBSITES, RESOURCES & COMMUNITIES

INSPIRATIONAL STORIES OF PEOPLE WITH MS


1These MS Facts and Statistics came from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website. To find out more details about MS, please visit their site at: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/index.aspx

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