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Multiple sclerosis is a progressively degenerative disease of the brain, optic nerve, and the spinal cord. The disease is characterized by the scarring and inflammation it causes to the wrappings (myelin sheath) that insulate the nerves. The myelin sheath is similar to the rubber that encases electrical wiring. When the rubber casing of an electrical cord is damaged, it causes a disruption in the flow of the current. Similarly, when inflammation causes damage to the myelin sheath, nerve conduction is impaired and distorted communication occurs with nerve signals. Depending on the location of the disruption in the nervous system, the manifested symptoms can be entirely different for each patient. In the early stages of the disease, patients may exhibit dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, loss of balance, speech problems, and bladder dysfunctions. In the later stages, patient may experience additional symptoms such as bone loss, paralysis, and weak respiration. Many of the secondary symptoms stem from decreased mobility and not the disease itself.
Multiple sclerosis can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages. The physician must rule out other neurological disorders. In addition, the disease has flare-ups and remissions. Research shows that the sooner treatment begins, the better the results for the patient. If MS is treated in the early stages, a significant amount of inflammation can be prevented, thus reducing damage to the myelin sheath. MS is usually diagnosed between the ages of 25- 40 years of age. It is more common in women and is rarely diagnosed in children and the elderly. An MS diagnosis can be confirmed with a well-documented medical history and the execution of one or more diagnostic tests. These include an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a lumbar puncture, a Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) test, and an Audio Evoked Potential (AEP) test.
Currently there is no known cure for multiple sclerosis. However, there is much research and many theories regarding the cause of the disease. Some of the theories surmise nutritional deficiencies, chemical poisoning, allergies, etc. At Global Integrative Medicine, each MS patient is treated uniquely based on the results of the intake. Some of the therapies include detoxification programs, acupuncture, bio-puncture (for improved nerve conduction), and homeopathy. In addition to the aforementioned, there are many other alternative therapies also available. One particularly effective therapy involves the use of botanical medication (herbs). I formulate a combination of herbs based on the specific symptoms presented by the patient. I have also seen have great results achieved with apitherapy.
Traditional medical approaches are also available – such as interferons, glatiramer acetate, mitoxantrone, natalizumab, and fingolimod. Stronger medications, such as methotrexate, azathioprine, intravenous immunoglobulin and cyclophosphamide, may be used if the aforementioned drugs are not effective. Again, if possible, it is important to identify the cause of the disease in the patient and not merely address the symptoms presented. At Global Integrative Medicine, our approach is to employ natural and alternative remedies before using traditional pharmaceuticals.
Wishing you much health and happiness,
Dr. Matesa Pringle is a naturopathic physician who practices in Mesa, Arizona. She employs alternative medicine as well as traditional medicine and serves the East Valley cities of Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Phoenix, and even has some patients who travel from the West Valley!
Disclaimer: The information on this site regarding medical conditions is presented for general informational purposes only. It does not describe all available treatments. The information presented should not be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician. Neither Global Integrative Medicine, PLLC, nor Dr. M. Pringle, assume liability for anyone using information on this site. By using this site, you agree not to rely solely on any of the information for medical treatment. We strongly encourage you to see a licensed physician, such as Dr. M. Pringle or another of your choosing, and adhere to the physician’s recommended protocol first and foremost.