Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis triggers countless, diverse symptoms that make everyday life for those affected a stress test. It is the most common neurological disease that occurs in young adults worldwide. And yet doctors and researchers still know relatively little about the causes and connections of the autoimmune disease. You can read here what findings there are about multiple sclerosis and how we at the Saxon State Baths can help MS patients with the natural remedy radon.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

A disease that manifests itself in countless clinical pictures and different forms. This is multiple sclerosis, abbreviated as MS, which is why it is also considered the disease with 1000 faces. Technically, it is called encephalomyelitis disseminata (ED) - a term that means there is scattered inflammation in the spinal cord and brain.

Accordingly, multiple sclerosis is one chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, in which the nerve pathways become inflamed, triggering a wide variety of symptoms. It primarily occurs for the first time in young adulthood between the ages of 20 and 40 and is not curable. Important: MS is neither contagious nor necessarily fatal.

Around 2,5 million people worldwide suffer from multiple sclerosis. In Germany, around 200.000 people are affected. MS is therefore the most common neurological disease in young adults. Women develop it about twice as often as men. Because the disease cannot be cured, multiple sclerosis treatment is primarily about relieving the symptoms and stopping or at least slowing the progression of MS.

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis

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neurological symptoms

In principle, almost any neurological symptom is possible with multiple sclerosis. The spectrum ranges from sensory disturbances in the skin, which patients perceive as tingling or numbness, to one abnormal, premature exhaustion, the so-called fatigue. The latter represents a significant limitation in performance and therefore quality of life for many of those affected.

Motor disorders and disabilities

Motor disorders such as paralysis, visual disturbances and spasticity are also among the symptoms, which can lead to severe disabilities as the disease progresses. Bladder problems, unsteady gait and cognitive impairments are also considered signs of MS. Possible multiple sclerosis symptoms include coordination difficulties and pain. 

Memory disorders and psychological changes

Many patients also suffer from memory impairment, psychological changes and sexual disorders as the disease progresses.

Causes of Multiple Sclerosis

There is currently no knowledge about the clear causes of multiple sclerosis.

There is widespread agreement that, like type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, it is a Autoimmune disease acts, in which the body's own immune system triggers an incorrect reaction. This means that the immune system, which normally fights pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, turns against itself in MS.

In MS, the body's own defense cells mistakenly attack the insulation of the nerve cells, the so-called myelin sheaths. The nerve cells are part of the central nervous system and are responsible for processing information and transmitting stimuli. As a result of the attacks of your own immune system, the nerve tissue becomes inflamed and damaged, so that the stimuli are transmitted more poorly or not at all. There are scars in multiple places in the nerve tissue of those affected. Depending on the localization, there are transmission errors that result in different symptoms.

If one or more such areas of inflammation occur and these manifest themselves in physical failures or other symptoms, it is called an attack. This develops within a few days or even hours and then decreases again. As the attack subsides, the symptoms can also subside again. If scars remain from the inflammation, it is said that the nerve tissue is sclerosing.

But why is the immune defense in MS directed against the body's own structures? There is currently no clear, reliable information about this. Scientists suspect that the cause of multiple sclerosis is a multifactorial event in which various factors come together:

  • Environmental factors: Because multiple sclerosis is particularly common in cool climate regions, such as those in Central and Northern Europe and the USA, environmental influences seem likely. In this context, a vitamin D deficiency is considered a potential cause of multiple sclerosis.
  • Genetic factors: It is assumed that a genetic predisposition is also responsible for the onset of MS.
  • Lifestyle: Lifestyle may also play a role in the development of MS. For example, smoking is considered a risk factor for MS.
  • Infections: Experiencing certain infections is also discussed as a cause of multiple sclerosis.

The effect of radon

Radon is a natural remedy that people have long used for various therapeutic purposes. When radon decays, high-energy particles are released that are able to eliminate functional disorders in the body. In this way, radon therapy aims to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects in various diseases.

The natural remedy radon also benefits patients with multiple sclerosis because the disease is caused by inflammation of the central nervous system. The Therapy with radon works completely naturally and gently. This effectively alleviates the pain that many MS patients suffer from. And the best thing: the pain-relieving effect lasts even months after radon therapy, as many experiences have shown.

The strongest radon source in the world is the Wettinquelle, located in Bad Brambach, Saxony. The state-approved radon mineral bath has been supporting pain therapy for a long time Bathing and drinking treatments with radon. In addition to the Wettin spring, there are four other springs in the spa town of Bad Brambach, which have a unique combination of radon, carbon dioxide and various minerals.

Multiple sclerosis is one of the diseases of the musculoskeletal system and causes pain, for which there is an indication for therapy with radon. Even radon therapy cannot cure MS. But the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects of radon can alleviate the symptoms of chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis and thereby increase the quality of life. After treatment with radon, MS patients can cope with everyday life much more easily without pain.

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Radon – the natural remedy helps!

Radon drinking cure

During the radon drinking treatment, the valuable radon with its many minerals and trace elements enters the body directly via the gastrointestinal tract. With its special composition, the Bad Brambach healing water inhibits inflammation and improves general well-being. With radon therapy, patients with multiple sclerosis, for example, benefit from the sodium it contains, which stimulates nerve cells, and manganese, which increases cell protection.

Radon bath treatment

The carbonic acid promotes blood circulation and dilates the blood vessels, so that the skin can absorb the natural remedy radon even better during a bathing treatment. This means that therapy with radon has an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect particularly well in multiple sclerosis patients. Metabolism and cells are stimulated to repair in order to combat the functional disorders typical of MS. At the same time, the natural remedy radon stimulates the body's self-healing powers. Through the release of the body's own endorphins, even chronic pain conditions are reduced. This means you use significantly less conventional painkillers.

Diagnosis: multiple sclerosis

The diverse symptoms and forms associated with the disease make diagnosing multiple sclerosis difficult. The symptoms can also indicate other illnesses and are often not immediately diagnosed as MS. In many patients, the disease therefore remains undetected for a long time. The finding usually arises as a diagnosis of exclusion. A confirmed multiple sclerosis diagnosis is therefore made up of various examinations:

  • detailed anamnesis
  • physical and neurological examination, which tests mobility, balance, coordination and the individual sensory organs
  • Blood test to rule out other causes
  • Lumbar puncture: Examination of the cerebrospinal fluid to determine whether there is inflammation in the central nervous system
  • Images of the brain and spinal cord using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to visualize areas of inflammation and scarring
  • various nerve examinations to clarify the functionality of the nerve pathways

Course of disease

As with the symptoms, multiple sclerosis varies in its individual form and progression, which is why an individual prognosis for the course of the disease is hardly possible. You can do this basically distinguish between two forms of progression. When dividing the disease into different forms, it is first of all relevant whether a patient experiences flare-ups or not.

Relapsing course:

For most patients, multiple sclerosis progresses in relapses. A flare-up is defined as the occurrence of symptoms that last at least 24 hours and can persist for up to several weeks. There are no other causes for the symptoms, such as fever. However, an attack can be favored by psychological or physical factors, but often there is no trigger at all. The symptoms caused by the attack often disappear completely or partially at the beginning of the attack. As multiple sclerosis progresses, the symptoms often do not resolve or only partially resolve, meaning that disabilities can remain. Months or even many years can pass between two attacks.

Progressive course:

Multiple sclerosis can also occur without relapses. In this case, the neurological dysfunctions continue to increase. Without treatment, an initially relapsing course can develop into this secondary progressive form pass over. In addition, isolated spurts are also possible. A small proportion of multiple sclerosis patients also have one primary progressive course without clear spurts. Instead, the symptoms gradually increase from the beginning of the disease and usually do not go away.

A life with multiple sclerosis

The diagnosis of multiple sclerosis initially comes as a big shock to many people - especially since it... The disease often first appears in young adulthood. An age when people would rather make plans for the future than deal with illness. Depending on the individual clinical picture, the symptoms and impairments can lead to restrictions in professional and private life at an early stage. The unpredictability in terms of symptoms and progression is an enormous burden for multiple sclerosis patients.

In addition, there is therapy, which determines life with multiple sclerosis, often even in times when there is no acute flare-up of the disease. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, symptomatic treatment is necessary, which should be alleviated by this. Course-modifying therapy also shapes the everyday life of multiple sclerosis patients.

The uncertainty with MS is usually great. Nevertheless, a self-determined life with multiple sclerosis is possible. It is recommended for patients to to continue to stay as active as possible, without causing long-term excessive demands. Sport often has a positive effect and can reduce side effects. Of course, patients should avoid it during a flare-up. It proves to be beneficial for living with multiple sclerosis to focus on existing abilities and strengths instead of concentrating on the impairments.

If multiple sclerosis causes impairments at an early stage, your career choice may have to be reconsidered. Many patients are also affected by fatigue and a lack of concentration, which means they cannot perform at their full potential at work. In principle, it is often possible to continue working in the profession even with multiple sclerosis. Those affected should plan more breaks and expect as little stress as possible.

The exact effects of multiple sclerosis are very individual. MS is not hereditary, so that patients can pursue their desire to have children. The key to living with multiple sclerosis is a balanced lifestyle and minimizing the risk of developing infections. The body's own defense processes initiated by this promote flare-ups of illness.

Questions about multiple sclerosis

How does multiple sclerosis begin?

The disease usually first appears suddenly, within a few days or hours. The patients are then predominantly between 20 and 40 years old.

Is multiple sclerosis curable?

Scientists are currently trying to research the different causes of MS in order to gain better insights into how to cure it. However, modern medications and natural healing methods such as radon therapy are now able to positively influence the course of the disease. They can often at least slow the progression of the disease.

Does multiple sclerosis cause pain?

For a long time it was assumed that MS did not cause pain. However, we now know that these actually occur quite frequently. On the one hand, pain occurs as a direct result of multiple sclerosis, for example as a result of optic neuritis. On the other hand, pain also occurs indirectly as a result of other symptoms. Pain therapy can have a supportive effect here.

Does multiple sclerosis mean wheelchair?

Many people have a persistent idea that MS is synonymous with a wheelchair. Due to the different courses and symptoms of the disease, it is not possible to say exactly how the disease will progress in an individual patient. Of course, there is a risk that multiple sclerosis will limit the ability of those affected to walk to such an extent that a wheelchair will be necessary to maintain mobility. However, thanks to effective forms of therapy and symptom treatment, many MS patients are now not dependent on a wheelchair.

Is multiple sclerosis fatal?

Multiple sclerosis is not a fatal disease. However, individual symptoms can result in serious or even life-threatening complications. However, thanks to modern therapeutic approaches, both quality of life and life expectancy have now been significantly improved. The life expectancy of multiple sclerosis patients is now comparable to that of healthy people.

Can you have children despite multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis poses no danger to the unborn child. Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding do not pose an increased risk for women with MS. The relapse rate actually decreases during pregnancy and temporarily increases slightly during the first three months after birth. In general, it is advised to interrupt basic therapy during pregnancy. It is important to have a clarifying conversation with the doctor you are treating in advance.

Is multiple sclerosis contagious?

Multiple sclerosis is not an infectious disease and is therefore not contagious.

How does multiple sclerosis begin?

Typical symptoms of multiple sclerosis in the early phase are:

  • Sensory disturbances in the arms or legs
  • Abnormal tiredness/exhaustion
  • Bowel emptying disorders
  • Visual disturbances
  • Disturbances in muscle function in the form of weakness, paralysis or increased muscle stiffness

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