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Holllie Greene

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Description

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune disease of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems.  It is treated by neurologists.  For acute exacerbations the first line of treatment is methylprednisolone via an IV at the ER.  This course of treatment is usually followed by a two week Prednisone pill regimen that begins with a high dose and is slowly tapered down over the course of two weeks.  If one is not stabilized by then, other steroid pills (Dexomethoprednisone) are used.  The treatment is very rough on a human body.  All these steroids have an effect on your adrenal glands and the cumulative effects are, in some people, cataracts.  When I was diagnosed approximately twenty years ago I did not appear ill but in fact I was very ill.  A definite diagnosis is through a neurological exam and MRI of the brain and or spinal cord.  This disease is very insidious.  This disease has been documented back to the 1300's and no researcher or doctor knows what causes it.

My neurologist told me the fatty coating of the nerves is being destroyed by my own immune system, hence this being an autoimmune disease.

 

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Hollie, I can relate to the nerves being destroyed.  I have neuropathy in all four extremities.  I can also tell you that Prednisone and other medications are a nasty way to be treated.  They are a life saver but they do take their toll.  I was on Prednisone for about a year and on another medication for about a year.  I cannot remember the second medication.

I have had two good friends that suffered MS.  Stay cool and keep on marching.

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Hi Vetquest,

The neuropathy is a terrible thing to deal with.  I refer to our previous conversation about Prednisone; yes, a life saver but it takes its toll.

I found a cooling vest on Amazon.  I will stay cool and definitely keep on marching!

Thank you.  😀

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You should have checked your V.A., they should have gotten you a cooling vest. I got one a couple years ago from the V.A and I love it.

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