Multiple Sclerosis Research shows medical marijuana can reduce the multiple sclerosis side effects (MS) and provide relief to those suffering from this illness. MS is an autoimmune disease and progressive neurodegenerative condition. It affects the nervous system, which gradually impacts the entire body.According to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, half a million people in the United States have been diagnosed with MS.
And according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, women are diagnosed with MS at lease twice as often as men, usually between the ages of 20 – 50.The severity and frequency of symptoms vary patient to patient. MS causes many different symptoms, including vision loss, fatigue, impaired coordination, loss of the ability to walk, slurred speech, dizziness, and pain. The severity and duration of these symptoms can vary from patient to patient. While some patients may be symptom and pain-free most of their lives, other patients can have severe chronic symptoms and pain that never goes away.
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Traditional Methods:There is currently no cure for MS. Treatment usually, focuses on managing the symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease.In cases where the symptoms are new and severe, plasma exchange may be a beneficial treatment. Plasma exchange is when the plasma (the liquid portion of the blood) is extracted and separated from the blood cells.
The blood cells are then mixed with albumin (a protein solution) and then put back into the body. Corticosteroids and other steroids are often prescribed to reduce nerve inflammation.Some patients experience negative multiple sclerosis side affects with steroids, however, such as insomnia, mood swings, water retention and increased blood pressure.A long list of different prescription pills can be prescribed to MS patients in an attempt to ease the physical pain.