March is Multiple Sclerosis awareness month. MS is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering (Myelin Sheath) of the nerves throughout the Central Nervous System. Since the specific regions where the Myelin is damaged is random, symptoms experienced vary vastly. In this episode I speak with my fiancée Zoila, about her first hand experience of having MS. We cover her symptoms early on before she knew what was wrong, which ranged from extreme fatigue to limb numbness to losses of balance and bladder control issues. We spoke about the medications she has used; Glatiramer by injection (Copaxone) and Fingolimod (Gilenya). Millions of people around the world have been diagnosed with MS. Studies have shown anecdotal genetic links as well as environmental ones, but nothing concrete, hence it being dubbed the “mystery disease”. There is no known cause or cure. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are fewer than 200,000 U.S. cases per year. This is out attempt at spreading awareness. Thanks for checking it out.
Links referenced in this episode:
What is Multiple Sclerosis video from ASAP Science: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Naecv3h868c
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