Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a long lasting disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in the eyes. It happens when the immune system attacks a fatty material called myelin which wraps around the nerve fibers in order to protect them. Without this outer shell, the nerves become damaged.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
The damage slows down messages between the brain and body and the nerves stop working as they generally should to help to move and feel. This results in symptoms of MS such as trouble walking, feeling tired, muscle weakness, blurred or double vision, numbness, thinking and memory problems, sexual problems, poor bladder or bowel control, balance control, pain, depression and other basic body functions.
The effects vary from person to person having the disease. Symptoms vary from being mild to severe with some of the people even having trouble getting around and doing daily routine tasks. Louise Willett was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and it had become very severe 2 years ago. Some of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis made her dependent on the wheelchair and caused difficulty in reading. She had lost all hopes of having additions to her family or achieving her career goals.
Stem Cell Treatment
A very new and groundbreaking treatment changed Louise’s future. A high dosage of Chemotherapy, originally used to treat cancer patients, was used to kill her faulty immune system and healthy stem cells were infused back into the bloodstream to revive her immune system. She’s been doing well since she received the treatment two years back. Even the MRI scan showed no trace of active disease in her brain. The treatment helped her regain her life back and after that was also able to give birth to a baby.
Scientists believe that the Stem Cell Treatment, which costs huge sums of money, could be a game changer. Stem Cells are the types of cells that differentiate into many different specialised cells within the body. Stem cells are found in both embryos as well as adults. Moreover, these cells are being explored for their potential benefits for treating Multiple Sclerosis. Results of clinical trials will possibly help to determine what the optimal cells, delivery methods, safety and actual effectiveness of such therapies might offer for people with MS.
many patients from around the world have sought for the treatment including patients diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. For more information on the treatment, please contact us.
National MS Society