MS often affects those who are in the middle of life. Perhaps you are planning you future, when everyday life takes a whole new turn. With the disease one is forced to relate to a new life situation and the message can feel shocking. In this article we tell you more about MS.
Multipel Sclerosis, abbreviated MS, is a disease that attacks the nerve cells of the central nervous system. MS prevents the nerves from sending out signals properly. The pathology behind MS is not yet fully understood, but about 70 per cent of those diagnosed are women aged 20 to 40.
MS is a multifactorial disorder that can cause both physical and mental disabilities. Common symptoms include weakened muscles or impaired muscular control, sensory impairment, impaired balance and visual impairment. People affected by MS may also experience depression, difficulty concentrating and increased feeling of fatigue.
How the disease develops depends on the type of MS you have. For instance with continous MS, which is the most common form, the symptoms will appear during periods. Progressive MS, which is another type of MS, the symptoms develop slowly from the onset of the disease and the impairment occurs gradually. Another type is mild MS, where the impairment and symptoms are barely noticeable.
Depending on which part of the central nervous system is affected, the symptoms of MS may differ very much. Two people diagnosed with MS can therefore have completely different symptoms. It simply cannot be said in advance how the disease will affect the person’s life. Some experience almost no problems at all, while others have very extensive problems.
Some of those who experience major problems sometimes describe the symptoms as being tickled, sticking, jerking or hurting the body. Others find it difficult to control one or more body parts. The nerve or nerves affected by the disease may, for example, find it difficult to signal to a body part how it should act.
Therefore it can be complicated to control the body’s most necessary functions, such as taking care of toilet visits or eating by yourself. Due to possible coordination impairments, it can also be difficult to perform everyday chores on your own.
Currently there is no cure for MS. Instead, one can be offered inhibatory drugs and effective treatments, for example by a physiotherapist who helps with exercises that aim to strengthen body functions. The sooner one is diagnosed, the lower risk of developing a permanent disability becomes.
The human has a great ability to adapt to different situations. With the right help, it is possible to alleviate symptoms and, among other things, improve function, mobility and strength. Our unique assistive device Mollii relieves a variety of symptoms that orginates from various
neurological injuries and diseases such as Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, stroke and MS.
Mollii is a suit consisting of a pair of trousers, a jacket and a detachable control unit which is used one hour every other day. The positive effects of stimulating the muscles with low frequency electric current is that you increase the ability to control your body and also contribute to higher quality of life.