Multiple Scelerosis

Multiple Scelerosis


Joining us again is Doctor Lewis-Hall the
Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer. She’s here to talk about multiple sclerosis, welcome back. Thanks, always
great to be here, and to talk about a disease like MS
which is really a medical mystery we don’t know the cause, there is no cure
and over two million people worldwide suffer from MS. It’s a serious illness and our next
guest Courtney is a professional dancer who was recently diagnosed, let’s look at her story. My name’s
Courtney Galiano, I am 25 years old. I am a professional dancer on So You Think You Can Dance. I’ve been dancing since I was three years old, I love it. I eat, sleep and dream dance. One morning I woke up and couldn’t feel
my legs. We’re trained to push through pain and
things are uncomfortable so I kinda just ignored it. Six months later I had this electricity feeling all the
way down to your toes but again I didn’t really pay any
attention to it. Right before Christmas my right side went numb and I knew
something was wrong so I went and got MRI’s of my spine and a brain scan done. My
diagnosis was relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
Despite having an MS she hasn’t hung up her dancing shoes, please welcome Courtney to the show. (applause) Now Courtney you’re a dancer, your young energetic were you shocked and
surprised when you got the diagnosis? I was definitely surprised when I got
the diagnosis but when I think about it my grandmother has primary progressive multple sclerosis and when I was younger I actually used to say to my mom, mom I have these, I feel like I have sparkles on my arms and my legs and it was a
different feeling than if your, you know feet fell asleep or something. You
know Courtney gives us a glance of how difficult it is to diagnose MS. for starters the symptoms
are different from person to person. So Courtney, can you tell us some of
symptoms that you’re experiencing? I think um my biggest symptom that I experience is fatigue, I find that with fatigue a lot of the other symptoms
come into play you know like slurred speech and my
balance is sometimes a little off you know. In addition to that though people who suffer
from MS may also experience weakness, dizziness problems with balance and coordination,
loss or challenges with their vision and depressed mood. In about fifty percent
of people who have MS complain from time to time
of poor concentration difficulty paying attention and memory
loss. And MS does affect your central nervous
system, I’m going to explain why… MS causes the problems it does because in your brain, in your spinal cord every single neuron has a job and the
neurons are actually covered with a protective sheath we call this the Myelin Sheath, it
helps these neurons communicate with one another effectively and efficiently but in the
case of multiple sclerosis otherwise, known as a MS, your body’s own immune system literally
attacks this Myelin Sheath and over time, in certain, areas in the brain
it destroys that Myelin Sheath and when that occurs in depending upon where that
occurs that’s why the symptoms can be so
very different for each and every individual and so you can see on this scan that your
neurologist circled two lesions, you see those white spots
everyone? Those are lesions abnormal tissue in the brain
that has been damaged and that scaring, that area of the brain
affected that then we’ll link to the symptoms that you may express or someone else may
express with multiple sclerosis. Now Courtney can you talk to us a little
bit about how you’re coping with your illness? Dance has always been a medicine for me. It is great that you
still pursue what you have such passion for, and the physical activity is a good
idea as well so a good plan for physical activity can
help you maintain your strength your balance and your endurance. Is there anything else besides physical
activity and besides regular medicine and exercise that we should be doing?
A healthy diet is so very important and a lot of people realize if you don’t
get plenty of rest with MS that can exacerbate things and also, even
though there’s no cure, as you know there are medicines that can
help improve symptoms, regular doctor’s appointments and then
it’s one of those things, MS it’s a mystery illness. Early
intervention can help maybe ease some of the symptoms that you
have and may help slow the progression of the illness, and of course what you’ve already talked
about you got a great medical team should have that and no everything you can about your illness,
and for more information on MS you can visit Get Healthy Stay Healthy
dot com. Courtney best of luck to you. Thank you very much. You can also visit The Doctors TV dot come for additional information, we’ll be right back.

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