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Things You May Not Know About Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education & Awareness Month and LA Medical Retail wants all of our customers and all Californians to be aware of this mysterious disease.

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What is Multiple Sclerosis and how much do you know about it? It’s believed that MS is an autoimmune disease, in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. In multiple sclerosis, this process destroys myelin, the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord.

Myelin can be compared to the insulation on electrical wires. When myelin is damaged, the messages that travel along that nerve may be slowed or blocked. This damage leads to the physical symptoms of MS.

Things you may not know about MS:

  • Multiple Sclerosis can strike both men and women, but is more common in women
  • Multiple Sclerosis appears more frequently in Caucasians than in Hispanics or African Americans
  • Multiple Sclerosis is relatively rare among Asians and certain other ethnic groups
  • Multiple Sclerosis is most commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 20 and 50
  • 350,000 to 500,000 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Two hundred people are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis every week
  • Over 2.5 million people are living with Multiple Sclerosis worldwide

There are common symptoms of MS, but not all people will share the same ones. Common symptoms of MS include fatigue, weakness, spasticity, balance problems, bladder and bowel problems, numbness, vision loss, tremors and depression. Many of these symptoms are shared with other diseases and disorders as well, so it’s best to be tested.

Most people with multiple sclerosis, particularly in the beginning stages of the disease, experience relapses of symptoms, which are followed by periods of complete or partial remission of symptoms. That is why MS is considered such a mysterious disease.

LA Medical Retail carries many products that can make the lives of people with MS easier and more comfortable. We encourage you to visit our online catalog or visit in person if you are in the area and let us show you ways the right medical equipment can help.

2.5 million People Live with Multiple Sclerosis, Are You at Risk?

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a disease that continues to be a mystery in the healthcare world. First diagnosed in 1868, the cause and cure for MS remain a mystery. There is a belief that it is an auto immune disease where the body attacks itself doing more damage as it progresses.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). LA Medical is proud to be a provider of home medical equipment that makes the lives of people with MS better.

MS causes the body's immune system to attack it's own nerve cells, causing damage to various systems in the body.

MS causes the body’s immune system to attack it’s own nerve cells, causing damage to various systems in the body.

How common is MS? Statistics indicate that there are currently 350,000 to 500,000 people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with MS. Two hundred people are diagnosed with MS every week and over 2.5 million people are living with the disease worldwide.

MS can strike both men and women, but is more common in women.  It appears more frequently in Caucasians than in Hispanics or African Americans, and is relatively rare among Asians and certain other ethnic groups. Although MS can develop in young children and teens as well as older adults, it is most commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 20 and 50.

There are common symptoms of MS, but not all people will share the same ones. Common symptoms of MS include fatigue, weakness, spasticity, balance problems, bladder and bowel problems, numbness, vision loss, tremors and depression. Many of these symptoms are shared with other diseases and disorders as well, so it’s best to be tested.

Even if you are diagnosed with MS, there is no certain timeline for the progression of the disease. The disease can progress quickly or slowly and has times of remission. That’s why having the right medical care and the right medical equipment is so important.

Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in the MS population than in the general population. We carry canes, crutches and walkers to assist with balance and strength issues and manual and power wheelchairs for people with more mobility needs. See our online catalog for a full list of our products or if you’re in the LA Medical area, stop in and see us today with more questions about beneficial equipment and supplies. Please visit the www.nationalmssociety.org for more information on the disease.