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Saturday, December 12, 2015
The stress response: the good and the bad
Good stress goes bad.
The tell-tale signs of chronic stress:
- Feeling hopeless, helpless, guilty, worthless*
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Persistent nervousness
- Chronic worry or anxiety
- Sad or “down” feelings*
- Stomach aches, constipation, diarrhea, cramps, or nausea
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle tightnes
- Shallow breathing
- Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep
- Loss of interest in usual activities, including sex*
- Eating too much or too little*
- Decreased energy; feeling “slowed down”*
- Distractibility and impaired memory*
- Difficulty making decisions*
- Feeling empty or “numb” *
You CAN take control of runaway stress
What is stretching?
- Increase range of motion and flexibility
- Promote relaxation
- Reduce pain
- Improve function and mobility
- Normalize muscle tone and tightness
- Prevent contractures (joints with limited mobility due to spasticity)
- Active stretching contracts the muscles opposite the ones being stretched. For example, when you contract your buttock muscles to lift the pelvis, you will simultaneously stretch the front thigh.
- In passive stretching, gravity can assist the stretch, or another person can manually stretch you. Equipment such as a brace that holds the joint at a specific angle, or a serial cast, which increases a stretch over time are other options. Ergometers, or arm cycles, also work well for managing spasticity and maintaining range of motion. Ask if you can use one in a physical therapist's (PT) office.
A little medical help
Gotta go! gotta go!
- Bladder urgency
- Frequency of urination
- Leaking urine
- Loss of bowel control
- Plan your fluid intake. To drink 6-8 cups of water, divide this amount into portions. Drink fluids in larger amounts at 3 or 4 designated times a day. You can then plan a bathroom stop about 1 to 2 hours later. Sipping fluids throughout the day is a bad idea. It encourages more frequent bathroom visits.
- Establish a schedule of urinating every 2 to 4 hours, whether you feel the need or not. This behavioral technique is called bladder training or timed voiding. You can coordinate this with your drinking schedule.
- Reduce or eliminate caffeinated drinks (coffee, soda, tea, and alcohol) in your diet. These are bladder irritants. Avoid them altogether if you are traveling or going out.
- Discuss prescription medications for frequency and urgency with your health-care provider.
Multiple sclerosis paroxysmal symptoms can be confused with seizures due to its sudden onset. Paroxysmal symptoms are unique to multiple sclerosis (MS) and involve unusual sensations or muscular contractions. The main differences between multiple sclerosis paroxysmal symptoms and epileptic seizures are that paroxysmal symptoms do not cause short-circuiting of brain waves and do not have other features in the brain, such as epileptic seizures.
Types of paroxysmal symptoms in MS
Paroxysmal symptoms not to be confused with MS seizuresclick here to continue reading
Hopes are high for this vitamin, which may build stronger bones, help you lose weight, and protect against diabetes, MS, and more.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The Future of Stem Cell Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis Patients Relies on Clinical Trial Participation
Researchers from the MS Society Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair, identified that the ‘vitamin D receptor’ protein pairs with an existing protein, called the RXR gamma receptor, already known to be involved in the repair of myelin, the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres.
By adding vitamin D to brain stem cells where the proteins were present, they found the production rate of oligodendrocytes (myelin making cells) increased by 80%. When they blocked the vitamin D receptor to stop it from working, the RXR gamma protein alone was unable to stimulate the production of oligodendrocytes.
In MS, the body’s own immune system attacks and damages myelin, causing disruption to messages sent around the brain and spinal cord; symptoms are unpredictable and include problems with mobility and balance, pain, and severe fatigue. The body has a natural ability to repair myelin, but with age this becomes less effective.