MS Made Simple With Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams (Video)
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease and basically what that means is that the immune system, the part of the body that normally attacks viruses and bacteria gets confused and attacks a good part of the body.
Every autoimmune disease has a different target and the target with MS is the coding of the nerves, which is a substance called Myelin. And when Myelin is attacked, it damages the nerves so that the signals don’t run properly and results in the symptoms that we see from multiple sclerosis, some of which can be numbness and tingling. Sometimes people have weakness or sometimes they have vision loss. The symptoms depend on the areas that are damaged by the immune system.
I’ve always had a passion for educating my patients and I spend a lot of time explaining what multiple sclerosis is.
One of the things that really surprised me is that there are many people living with this disease who have had it for 10 or 20 years and when asked what is multiple sclerosis, they have difficulty explaining that. So I found it very important for me to help my patients understand what the disease is and what they can do about it and what the goals of treatment are. And much of this education inspired me to write this book MS Made Simple and it is an essential guide to understanding a multiple sclerosis diagnosis.