March 2-8, 2015 is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week and the MS Society will be hosting a Meet and Greet Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm to raise awareness of MS and to raise funds for research.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which your body attacks itself and causes a breakdown of myelin – the insulating sheath that wraps around your nerves to protect them. The word “sclerosis” refers to the scar tissue or lesions that appear as the myelin is damaged. The unprotected nerves can’t function as they would with normal, healthy myelin. The damaged nerves produce a wide range of symptoms that vary in severity. Symptoms can include numbness and tingling, vision problems, balance and mobility issues, difficulty with thinking and slurred speech.
There is no such thing as a “typical” symptom of MS because each person experiences the disease differently. The same type of symptoms may come and go frequently, or you may regain a lost function after a period of time. The unpredictable pattern of symptoms has to do with which nerves your immune system attacks at any given time.
Although there is not yet a cure for multiple sclerosis, much research is currently underway to better understand not only how to stop the progression but restore lost function. You can help research effort by attending the MS Society Meet and Greet during Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week. Come meet the Huntsville Havoc hockey team at The Brickhouse Sports Cafe at The Village of Providence 7 Town Center Drive NW, Huntsville, AL. There will be Door Prizes and Drawings for gift items and a percentage of the Food & Beverage Sales will be Donated to the National MS Society. For more information call: 256-457-5618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Therapy Achievements has extensive experience in helping people with Multiple Sclerosis. We provide out-patient physical therapy to improve balance, strength and endurance, occupational therapy to improve the ability to complete functional activities such as driving, dressing and bathing, and speech therapy to improve eating, swallowing, and thinking skills. Call 256-509-4398 for an appointment today!