Keep in mind 20 August, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.
While there is still no cure for this disease, advances in treatment and improvements in the quality of patients’ lives have been made. Learning to identify them and addressing them is critical.
Multiple sclerosis is generally diagnosed between age 20 and 40, although people often experience symptoms earlier than that. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, along with traffic accidents, this condition is the main cause of disability.
According to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of Madrid, this condition is caused by a loss of myelin, a fatty substance that acts as a protective sheath to the nerves, covering and isolating them.
How it is treated
As the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of Madrid explains, there are certain drugs that can help reduce the number of flare-ups as well as slow its progression. There are also treatments whose main function is to alleviate many of its secondary symptoms (such as sexual dysfunction), therefore improving a person’s quality of life.
Similarly, as the Colombian Neurology Association explains, Colombia has specialized hospitals with departments where psychiatrists, neurologists, gynecologists and other specialists collaborate together to facilitate patient treatment. It is important for treatment to be specific to the individual, as a patient who is 20 years old is not the same as one who is 40.
How the family can support the patient
As stated by the Colombian Neurology Association, family is an important support system for the patient. “Let the person feel that they are self-sufficient and that they can do different tasks.”
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