Around 85% of people who are diagnosed with MS will be affected by Primary Progressive MS (PPMS), where symptoms appear (relapse) then fade or disappear for a time (remit).
The name of the condition enables you to understand how the disease works; coming in waves of symptoms and ebbing away to fewer or no symptoms for a time. However, no one can predict exactly how PPMS will affect you as an individual.
Relapses are defined as the appearance of new MS symptoms or reappearance of old symptoms, for a period of 24 hours or more, that have not been caused by infection or a rise in core body temperature (fever). It may be that symptoms you are used to experience, such as limited movement, appear in other, new parts of the body. The severity of a relapse can range, in some cases you may require hospital treatment but most relapses are manageable at home with medical support.
Recovery from relapses is common, often people achieve complete remission, although half of all relapses leave some sort of problem behind due to the damage caused during the relapse.
Causes of relapse vary from person to person and as you learn to live with your MS so you may notice patterns in your relapse and remission episodes. In time, you may be able to modify your behaviour to avoid relapses as far as possible.
Common causes of relapses include:
Stress, has been shown by a range of studies over the years and anecdotal evidence to cause MS progression and relapse.
Infections, such as bladder or urinary tract infections can increase the likelihood of relapse, which is why it is best to seek medical help as early as possible if you think you may have an infection.
Childbirth. Although many women with MS experience better health and fewer relapses during pregnancy, relapses are common in the months following childbirth.
In the months, and even years, following diagnosis it may be hard to tell what a relapse is and what is part of the disease even during times of remission. As you learn to understand what is a relapse, and which new symptoms may lead to relapse you will find it easier to cope with your condition.
You and your loved ones may find it helps to keep a journal of your condition and symptoms, how you feel physically and emotionally, so that you can all gain confidence in understanding your MS and how you can cope with it best. It is also important not to blame everything on MS as new symptoms may not be necessarily cause by MS but another condition. If you are ever in doubt, speak to a medical professional.
No matter how severe your MS symptoms are, the time of diagnosis and learning to live with MS is bound to be difficult, for you, your family and friends. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself and look at every treatment option available to you.
CCSVI liberation treatment is shown to alleviate the symptoms of MS and, combined with stem cell therapy, can reverse damage caused by the disease. Although some hospitals have been performing CCSVI Liberation for a number of years, a new FDA approved study has been launched following pressure from MS groups that want this life-changing treatment to be a standard option for MS sufferers.
At CCSVI Mexico we feel strongly that MS patients have the right to choose the treatment that gives them the best option of living a normal, healthy life, free of MS. Your treatment is your choice, and your life is in your hands.