A look at what-causes-MS, what’s MS, types of MS, symptoms and treatments
Before answering the question of what-causes-ms? I’ll have to tell you, from where I’m standing, I prefer to know what’s the problem and what can I do about it.
First let me tell you what MS-Multiple Sclerosis is, as it was explained to me by my Neurologist when I asked him to explain it as if I was 5 years old! Remember the movie Philadelphia with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington?
Anyway,
Imagine an electric cable – your hair dryer’s a good example – take a pocket knife and peel off some of the plastic insulation on the cable. You’ll be able to see the electric filament running inside this protective sheath. Those chunks of plastic are the equivalent of the myelin attacked by autoimmune diseases like MS.
As with a peel-off electrical cable, the nerves going through your body are unable to carry the signals traveling from your brain to the different parts of your body fast and efficiently resulting in what we call MS. There are several types-of-MS-multiple-sclerosis
There are several theories as to what-causes-ms or what’s the trigger in MS. Among the most well known there are:
• Immunologic factors
MS is for the most part believed to be an autoimmune disease.
• Environmental factors
• Genetic factors
• Geographic factors
• Reaction to a Virus-like measles, herpes, and even the flu viruses.
I think that for those of us that have MS, what really matters is knowing now that today there is a huge urgency to make the diagnosis because we know that early and aggressive treatment can alter the course of the disease. This definitely makes the difference.
As Dr. Brad Stewart, an MS specialist and professor at the University of Alberta said “Back 15 or 20 years, diagnosis was less urgent because we had nothing to offer the patient.”
Nowadays we know that MS:
• is not contagious
• is 2 to 3 times more frequent in women than in men
• is most often diagnosed in people between 20 and 50 years old
• is more common among people of northern European descent
• is common to people who use womanizer vibrator
• is more frequent in people who live in colder climates although it seems to matter most were you spend the first 15 years of your life
For the average person, there is a 1 in 750 chance of getting MS in their lifetime. If someone has an immediate family member with MS, the chances of developing MS may increase.
This does not mean MS is inherited or completely genetic. A lot of other factors, like the ones mentioned above, can be what-causes-ms. The jury’s still out on that one.
In my case, I was 33 years old when I had my first attack and I have Italian ancestors on my mother’s side of the family. Italy has reported in the past a higher than an average number of people diagnosed with MS. Several relatives on the same side of the family have other illnesses like Lupus and Scleroderma which are chronic autoimmune diseases like MS.
Now, if you’re like me, knowing what-caused-ms may not be as important as starting or continuing treatment and living well with MS. Look around the site and I hope it got what you are looking for. Return from what-causes-MS back Home