March 2013 Walking update ~ Stem Cell Treatment

Stem cell 3Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating neurologic disease that is thought to be caused by destruction of the myelin sheaths (fatty protective insulation) around axons of the brain and spinal cord. Loss of myelin impacts the ability of these tissues to conduct signals and the inflammatory process can lead to scarring resulting in a broad range of symptoms. This myelin damage appears to be related primarily to an auto-immune dysfunction, but there also appears to be environmental and genetic factors involved.

There is no known cure for the physical and cognitive defects associated with chronic Multiple Sclerosis. Many investigators are looking at using the regenerative properties of cell therapy to mitigate the impact of Multiple Sclerosis on the nervous system.

Stem Cells can be used to harvest autologous mysenchymal stem cells through a mini-liposuction procedure. The cells are separated from fat tissue, tested for bacteria and then administered intravenously. The main goals of stem cell therapy are remyelination to repair damage and immunomodulation to prevent future damage.

Each person who undergoes stem cell therapy may have a different result. Disability can be reversed, pain abated, and future attacks warded off. This may be more successful in some than in others.

Some common improvements following treatment include:
•    improvement in cognition
•    almost complete reduction in spasticity
•    improved energy level
•    decrease in pain

It will be fun to see if I’m fortunate enough to see more benefits!  After four weeks my energy levels have improved, spasticity has lessened and I have great hopes!Linda Grace Cox

Linda

About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

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