Multiple sclerosis can make it difficult for your loved ones to perform their everyday tasks, including bathing, dressing, and cooking. Due to work and other commitments, you may find it difficult to assist them continuously. This is where you can rely on our in-home care services to enhance your loved ones' peace of mind and quality of life with our compassionate caregivers and customizable home care services.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord). It occurs when the immune system attacks myelin, the protective layer around nerve fibers, thus causing temporary lesions and inflammation. It can also cause permanent lesions from scar tissue, making it harder for your brain to send signals to the rest of the body.
Age - Though you can develop MS at any age, most people diagnosed with the condition are between 20 and 50 years
Sex - MS is 2-3 times more common in women than men
Family History - 15% of people with MS have one or more family members or relatives with the disorder
Climate - MS is more common in areas with temperate climates (such as Northern U.S.)
Viral Infections - Several viruses are linked to MS, including Epstein-Barr (that causes infectious mononucleosis)
Vitamin D - Low vitamin D levels can increase your risk of MS
Autoimmune Diseases - Autoimmune disorders, including pernicious anemia, hypothyroidism, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, and type 1 diabetes, are linked to MS
Smoking - Compared to non-smokers, smokers experiencing symptoms relating to MS have an increased probability of developing relapsing-remitting MS
The common MS symptoms are:
Fatigue It makes it harder for MS patients to perform everyday tasks.
Difficulty Walking It is associated with numbness in the legs or feet, muscle weakness, difficulty balancing, and muscle spasticity, thus causing slips and falls.
Vision Problems These include optic neuritis (causes blurry vision or pain in one eye), blindness, diplopia (double vision), and nystagmus (involuntary movement of the eyes), causing falls, injuries, and discomfort.
Speech Issues These include slurred speech, changes in speech volume, and scanning speech (long pauses between words or syllables), leading to communication difficulties.
All these symptoms may recur, becoming worse over time. However, the symptoms may vary from patient to patient depending on the type of nerves affected and the severity of the damage. Though MS is incurable, it is possible to manage the symptoms.
Managing the symptoms does not mean taking prescribed medications alone. While medications prevent the progression or relapse of the condition, MS patients will likely also need an in-home care provider. This is because an in-home caregiver can assist MS patients in performing their daily tasks, preventing slips and falls and reminding them to take medications on time.
Whether you need long-term assistance or a few hours of home care for your loved ones with multiple sclerosis, we are ready to help. Our holistic approach to home care services helps us ensure the best possible care for your loved ones while nurturing a healthy relationship with them.
We serve the communities in Los Angeles County, which include Encino, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, and San Fernando. Call us today at (818) 740-3680 to schedule a free consultation.
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