Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

 
Praise the Lord, everyone. 
 
Praying that we are taking care of our bodies that God has entrusted to us. There is a three part series on this next topic and how it affects our lives daily.
 
We’re discussing a disease called Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a long lasting disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves in your eyes. This disease can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions.
 
Saints of God, this is a serious disease and it affects everyone differently. Some have mild symptoms that don’t need treatment, while others are not able to do common daily tasks. MS happens when your immune system attacks a fatty material called myelin, which is wrapped around your nerve fibers to protect them. Without this outer protection, your nerves become damaged and scar tissue forms. This damage also means your brain can’t send signals through your body correctly. Your nerves also don’t work as they should to help you move and feel.
 
As a result, you may have the following symptoms:
  • Trouble walking
  • Feeling tired
  • Muscle weakness
  • Blurred/clouded vision
  • Numbness/tingling
  • Sexual problems
  • Bladder/bowl control issues
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Memory/focus issues
First symptoms usually begin between the age of 20 and 40 years old. Most people have attacks called relapses when your condition gets worse. They are usually followed by times of recovery when symptoms improve. For others the disease becomes worse. Saints, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms often, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. The earlier you know if you have this disease, the better the treatment. This disease has become more prevalent in African Americans now more than ever.
 
When you take care of yourself, God is there with you and for you! You don’t have to do this alone. Here are some scriptures to encourage you on your journey: Psalms 27:13-14, Psalms 63:8, Isaiah 41:10, Romans 15:3
 
Be Blessed