Early detection: The key to treating multiple sclerosis Early detection: The key to treating multiple sclerosis

The best strategy to ensuring the best quality of life for those who suffer from multiple sclerosis, is to detect it and treat it early.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune response of the central nervous system that affects the myelin and neurons of the cerebral cortex, interfering in the reception of nerve signals throughout the body.

Carlos Navas Cardozo, a specialist in demyelinating disease and coordinator of the Colombian Neurology Association’s Multiple Sclerosis Committee, explains that the interruption of nerve signals, “…slows the speed of electrical conduction; as the more energy that is spent, the more heat is produced. This increase in heat alone causes patients to be physically slower, experience fatigue and can even cause these electronic signals to be blocked, which can worsen and augment symptoms.”

Pharmaceutical treatments are continually improving; depending on the phase the disease is at, they can help improve one’s quality of life. The sooner the disease is detected and the sooner proper medical treatment is provided, however, the better quality of life and expectations the patient can have.

Having a proper workout routine, together with strategies to control temperature are fundamental ways to fighting fatigue, which is the disease’s main disabling symptom. Some of the specialist’s recommendations are to, “Maintain a healthy lifestyle, a balanced diet, eat plenty of vegetables, have a diet that is low in salt and saturated fats and do exercise. Also, visit your neurologist regularly in order to manage the medications you apply or take.”

May 31 is World Multiple Sclerosis Day.