Multiple Sclerosis - Prevention

Since MS causes are unknown, multiple sclerosis can not be prevented. However, it is known that some factors can negatively affect the MS course or trigger a MS boost. These factors can therefore be prevented. These factors include major physical and mental stress such as surgery (OP), a febrile illness or infection. Staying in warm climates also seems to adversely affect multiple sclerosis. Hormonal changes such as after pregnancy can also trigger a MS boost.

Immune system and MS

For those affected, it is important to know that measures that affect the immune system can worsen multiple sclerosis. These include hyposensitization in allergies, vaccines (especially with live vaccines) as well as drugs that stimulate the immune system (including herbal medicines).

Living with MS

Living with MS means, first of all, dealing with the fact that you are suffering from a chronic illness. Although there is a rule of thumb that says that disability five years after the onset of multiple sclerosis corresponds to about three quarters of the disability that will be reached after 10 to 15 years, the individual MS course can not be predicted. Rather favorable is the MS course at:

  • women
  • Ersterkrankung under 40 years and with initially only one MS symptom
  • Complete regression of MS symptoms after the first MS injection.

It is important to recognize the individual thrust triggers and to avoid, to look for a competent doctor and to be in close contact with this. To what extent multiple sclerosis affects the exercise of the profession or limits physical performance is different. Working with MS is possible, but varies from patient to patient. Support and exchange of experience in multiple sclerosis offer self-help groups.

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