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Multiple Sclerosis, or MS for short, is a long-term disease (often progresses slowly over the course of roughly 25 years), that affects the nerve fibres in the brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves. People with MS generally suffer from difficulty with body functioning, muscle control (muscle spasms), bad vision and balance. Multiple Sclerosis occurs when our immune system attacks itself, this is called an autoimmune system disease. Many MS sufferers experience a lot of pain in various parts of the body, this is mostly caused by inflammatory. The pain is due to the release of chemicals like histamine, that fuel the nerve endings, this can cause many issues, one of which is optic neuritis.
(PPMS) Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
What is it? PPMS is the characterisation of Multiple Sclerosis that is worsening over time due to neurological dysfunction.
Five early symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis has a wide range and variety and variable symptoms. Due to this, the disease proves to be difficult to diagnose, especially in the early stages. This makes it difficult to be diagnosed with MS at this stage.
Common symptoms are:
Fatigue – This is one of the most common symptoms experienced by people with MS. People who suffer with fatigue (not just in MS) all experience fatigue differently. As a result, some people may be affected by fatigue more than others. Nobody understands the reason why people with multiple sclerosis experience fatigue in the first place.
Weakness – is another one of the most common symptoms of MS, and this one is quite obvious due to the fact that deconditioning of muscles results in a lack of strength and conditioning. This is due to other symptoms of MS, like fatigue and pain which results in inactivity.
Tingling – MS affects the body’s message centre, which is your nerves that are linked to the brain and spinal cord. When this is damaged, signals and messages can become mixed up, or lacking in signal. When it lacks any signal, the sufferer will experience numbness and/or tingling. These sensations can appear pretty much anywhere on the body but are most commonly located around the face, limbs and hands.
Blurred vision – This is all due to the optic neuritis, when the nerve that sends signals from your eye to your brain becomes increasingly inflamed. This inflammation caused in the eye and lead to the sufferer with double vision, blurred vision, or total blindness and pain.
Pain (muscular and neurologic) – Chronic pain and involuntary muscle spasms are also common with MS. Someone with MS may have experience with stiffness in their muscles and/or joints as well as uncontrollable, painful jerking movements and spasms of the extremities. Generally, the legs are affected the most in this situation, which is why many affected people who suffer from MS are in wheelchairs.
Cannabidiol (CBD oil) and the treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
Cannabidiol is gaining popularity in the medicine world, and more and more studies have been carried out on the chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant and how it can be used as a possible treatment for many ailments. Studies have shown that Cannabidiol has shown to:
Reduce Inflammation This study from 2003 conducted research on CBD and how it may be used as an anti-inflammatory. The conclusion of this study states: In conclusion, ethosomes enable CBD’s skin permeation and its accumulation in a depot at levels that demonstrate the potential of transdermal CBD to be used as an anti-inflammatory treatment
Reduce muscle spasms This study from 1986, but published in 2009, stated that “CBD appears to have antidystonic and Parkinsonism-aggravating effects in humans”.
Reduce neuropathic /chronic pain This study in 2007, has stated: “THC/CBD was effective, with no evidence of tolerance, in these select patients with CNP and MS who completed 2 years of treatment”.