What Are The CCSVI Symptoms?

Those who have a history of Multiple Sclerosis or CCSVI in the family might wonder what kind of symptoms to look out for when avoiding the disease themselves. It is important to understand how these two conditions are linked and how they might affect you if you are a victim of either or both of them.

While not everyone who has CCSVI has Multiple Sclerosis, everyone who has Multiple Sclerosis has CCSVI. This is because CCSVI is characterized by veins that are not sufficiently able to carry blood back from the brain and the central nervous system to the heart. CCSVI is known to some as the cause of Multiple Sclerosis. However, it is hard to say whether it is the Multiple Sclerosis that causes the blockages of the veins, or vice-versa.

This is because the veins that are affected with CCSVI might soon be surrounded by lesions, which are what affect the neurons in the central nervous system. When the blood is not able to drain from the central nervous system back tot he heart, it could reflux back into the brain. As a result, the neurons are affected, and the myelin sheath is damaged. When the myelin sheath is damaged, the brain is no longer able to properly process messages to the rest of the body. Pulses of information can be slowed down, causing the motor functions of the human being to be negatively affected. A person who is affected by CCSVI can use medications to reverse these symptoms, and can even look into a procedure called “Liberation Treatment” to greatly improve their condition.

When a person has CCSVI, they might have no symptoms at all, or they might experience some minor symptoms such as muscle spasms or erectile dysfunction. Others still will have problems with their eyesight, or might experience urinary or bowel incontinence. Some might feel weakness in one or more of the limbs. If you or a loved one experiences one or more of these symptoms, there is a good chance that it could have any number of causes. Conditions that affect that central nervous system, such as CCSVI, can cause many symptoms that can be associated with many other diseases.

Those who experience symptoms of CCSVI should contact a doctor about tests such as Duplex Ultrasonography, Magnetic Resonance Venography, CT Venography, or Catheter Venography. A medical practitioner will be able to show you if there are any blockages or narrowing of the cardiovascular passages in the central nervous system, the major CCSVI symptom.

Multiple Sclerosis And Leaky Gut Syndrome

What causes MS? Medical science has not yet determined the underlying cause of multiple sclerosis. Nevertheless, most researchers and health care professionals agree that MS is an autoimmune disease in which aggressive cells of the immune system cross the blood-brain barrier, enter the CSF (cerebrospinal fluid), and attack the fatty sheath that insulates nerve cells (the myelin sheath). Damage to this insulation is what causes the symptoms of MS, but what causes the autoimmunity in the first place remains something of a mystery.

However, many health care professionals believe that a condition called leaky gut syndrome leads to autoimmunity and can thereby be the cause of autoimmune disorders such as food sensitivities, food allergies, asthma, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis.

How does this occur?

To answer this question, let us consider what happens when you have leaky gut syndrome.

In this stealth disorder (sometimes called “hyperpermeability”), the lining of the intestine becomes damaged and allows bacteria, undigested food particles, and other material into your blood stream. Since this material is not normally in your blood, your immune system attempts to fight it off as an invader. Some of the proteins that leak through into your blood resemble those that make up the myelin sheaths surrounding your nerve cells, and this causes your immune system to “mistake” your own myelin as a foreign substance. This autoimmunity can then damage your myelin and cause the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

If it is true that autoimmunity induced by LGS can be an underlying cause of MS, we can use that information to provide relief to sufferers. There are natural treatments that will heal the intestinal lining and thereby prevent the material that causes the autoimmunity from entering your blood stream in the first place. You can see where that can help mitigate MS-related difficulties.

Simply making the correct changes in what you eat is the most important of these natural treatments. You can begin with an elimination diet, which will allow you to identify and avoid foods that you are sensitive to. This will give your intestinal lining a chance to become less inflamed and irritated, and hence to heal, which will block the source of the autoimmunity. Over time this can relieve the symptoms of MS.

Unfortunately, many people are naturally vulnerable to developing leaky gut syndrome. Many factors can contribute to its development, such as the consumption of alcohol, taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen, infections with parasites or Candida, and food allergies. If you are a sensitive person, any or all of these can irritate and inflame your intestinal lining and cause it to leak, leading to the symptoms of leaky gut and possibly even Multiple Sclerosis.

Although an elimination diet will help you determine which foods are safe and healthy for you to eat, you can identify full-blown food allergies (which can also cause LGS and further autoimmune problems) with a visit to an allergist, who will likely conduct an ELISA or similar test. Since both leaky gut and MS respond well when you reduce chronic inflammation, eliminating the inflammation associated with food allergies is an excellent tool to add to your feel-better kit.

In short, many believe that leaky gut syndrome causes autoimmunity, which can lead to Multiple Sclerosis. Fortunately, LGS can be healed naturally and responds well to certain dietary changes. This means that if you suffer from MS, you can begin to treat the underlying cause of your disease naturally and with something as simple as judicious changes in what you eat.

Is Multiple Sclerosis Curable or Preventable?

Multiple sclerosis is interesting to me because I have known several people – friends – who have been afflicted with the disease. I had hoped that research in the subject would reveal to me that progress was being toward finding a cure. Unfortunately, that is only partially true. The Mayo Clinic website that I visited lists MS as an incurable disease, though there are now medicines that will delay its progress.

That is very important because, through watching my friends with it, it is clear that it is a progressive disease and, from all accounts, irreversible. These observations were confirmed by my research. The Mayo website states: “There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help modify and slow the course of the disease and treat symptoms.”

Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease with the following symptoms: numbness of limbs, loss of vision – especially in one eye – sometimes with pain in the eye, tingling or pain in parts of the body, tremors, lack of coordination, difficulty walking, fatigue and dizziness.

These symptoms result, according to the Mayo Clinic report, when “the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue….this process destroys myelin – the fatty substance that coats and protects the nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. When myelin is damaged, the messages that travel along that nerve may be slowed or blocked”.

The disease has been inflicted on between 250 thousand and 350 thousand Americans, according to the report. Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of twenty and fort, although, occasionally, it has attacked some very young and some older people. Interesting facts are that whites are twice as likely to have the disease as other races and women are twice as likely as men.

I have first hand evidence on how the disease can progress. My dear friend was in her late twenties when I first met her thirteen years ago. She had been diagnosed just a couple of years before. At that time she was coping with two young sons and experiencing a few symptoms: numbness in her joints and occasional difficulty with her limbs. I have watched her steadily decline, until now she is confined to a wheelchair. Much to her credit, she brings herself to school here at Forest Park Community College and deals quite well with two teenage sons.

Another victim of multiple sclerosis that I know is a man in his fifties that was diagnosed over thirty years ago. Although he walks with a cane, he works twenty hours a week as a checker at a grocery store. Clearly, all victims are not affected in the same way and to the same degree.

Perhaps, if the causes of the decease were known, it would be possible to find a cure or, at least, to design protective measures against it. The Mayo report states: “Doctors and researchers don’t understand why multiple sclerosis develops in some people and not in others. A combination of factors ranging from genetics to nutrition and infection may play a part.”

Because of my personal interest in this disease, I wanted to find what progress has been made toward finding a cure and pin-pointing the cause. I went to the NIH site and found that there has been some movement in the last decade, although primarily in the area of finding new tools to aid in finding cures rather than in finding the cures themselves. It says: “New tools, such as MRI have redefined the natural history of MS and are proving invaluable in monitoring disease activity.”

Scientists are now able to visualize and follow the development of MS lesions in the brain and spinal cord…Other tools have been found that make the painstaking work of teasing out the disease’s genetic secrets possible.

Treatments have been found that may make it possible to slow the development of the disease and to treat the symptoms. Let us hope the next decade will find a real cure. The least we can hope for is that science will discover the cause or causes of MS so that we learn what we must do to prevent this terrible affliction from attacking us.

What Do You Need to Know About Multiple Sclerosis

1. Multiple Sclerosis:

Multiple Sclerosis is one amongst the widely afflicting diseases today. It can be interpreted to be a disease of nervous system where it worsens over a period of time with loss of feeling and loss of control of movement and speech. So, MS attacks the individual’s central nervous system that is constituted of different nerves and nerve fibers. It involves a threat to his brain, spinal cord and eye or optical nerves. Basically MS hampers or destructs the protein that safeguards the nerve fibers. This protective protein is known as myelin and it aids in the communication between nerve cells. Once myelin gets burnt up, a breakdown occurs in the nerve cells’ co-ordination. Its effect is visible in the behavior (that drifts from normal to abnormal) of the individual. Along with this there appear lesions and plaques occur on that part of the body where demyelination takes place. But this is not all. Most often the cells that help in regaining myelin are even eliminated. The individual’s body then succumbs to damage and disability.

2. Invoking and Provoking Multiple Sclerosis: Various conditions are deemed to invite multiple sclerosis.

o An individual’s genes are the first and foremost factor that contributes to the risk of developing MS at any stage of life. Medical research reveals that the kids born of those parents where either of them has a history of MS, are largely prone to it.

o Apart from the genes, an environment change is also instrumental in causing MS.

o Viruses of diseases such as herpes, measles, flu etc. have proved to be quite effective in invoking multiple sclerosis.

o Hormones, especially the sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone have weakened the immunity system and instigated MS.

3. The Indications:

MS may be exposed differently in different people or a single person may face various symptoms. Actually, the time MS strikes the nervous system, it becomes manifested via some or the other indicator. For instance, as soon as demyelination begins, the individual may experience lack of balance of his body, tremors, a paralytic attack and so forth. Gradually, these symptoms translate to outburst of the disease.

4. The Varying Features:

According to doctors, there are differing types of multiple sclerosis. The primary is the Relapsing- Remitting MS. As the name suggests, relapsing MS is that where MS dissolves or disappears but only initially, it recurs after a span of time. After relapsing, the disease begins to catch pace and so injure the spinal cord and brain.

If the nervous system starts worsening right after the inception of the symptoms, it is Progressive-Relapsing MS. Similarly there are Primary-Progressive and Secondary Progressive stages of Multiple Sclerosis. At the onset of this disease, the doctors by studying the symptoms determine or adjudicate which form it will take.

5. Diagnosing and Medication

Right after the perception of MS indicators, in order to confront the actual status of multiple sclerosis, doctors ask the individual to undergo different tests. MRI and blood tests are commonly advised to estimate the actual status of the disease. Besides the tests, medicines too are prescribed. There are quite a few good drugs available in the market such as Avonex, Rebif etc. However, MS does not seem to be cured by any of these measures then chemotherapy is the final resort. It is an extremely difficult treatment but it entails positive results.

6. Precautionary Measures:

o The best possible defence against all diseases is the intake of a rich balanced diet that strengthens the immunity system.

o If an individual has a background of diseases like hypertension, kidney issues and fluid retention etc. then the doctor ought to be ultra cautious prior to recommending any medicine. For there can be many serious hostile effects of these antibiotics.

o Those who fear MS due to appearance of some similar symptoms must go for an instant check up. Otherwise also, the people born of any of the MS parents must pay extra heed to their health ad consult doctor time and again.

o The effects of an environmental change should be carefully studied before making any trip to a foreign place.