What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative disease in which the central nervous system (CNS) is attacked by one’s own immune system. Neurons in the brain are lined with a fatty, protective tissue called the myelin sheath that surrounds each nerve fiber. These protective tissues are attacked by an abnormal immune response causing inflammation and exposure of nerve fibers. This exposure causes a disoriented signal flow between nerve cells and the brain resulting in loss of motor skills, coordination and cognitive abilities.
Multiple Sclerosis can be a challenging disease to treat since the progression and severity of symptoms affect each patient uniquely. Some symptoms of MS can include abnormal sensations in extremities, decreased tactility in hands, fatigue, loss of balance, and muscle aches. Individuals with more severe symptoms may experience bladder problems, difficulty walking, dizziness, muscle spasms and loss of vision. The array of symptoms associated with MS generally appears in episodic periods of worsening, also referred to as flare-ups, and can cause progressive deterioration of neurological functions. An example of this neurological damage can be seen in what patients consider as brain fog, moments of confusion or an inability to concentrate on specified tasks.
How is MS Treated Today?
MS research has resulted in two treatment methods; the first method is preventing the abnormal response of one’s immune system. The second method is replenishing the myelin sheath cells protecting the nerve fibers. Medications designed today follow the first method in delaying the abnormal immune response. Traditionally, there was a lack of treatment options for the second method. However, with new research and breakthrough technology, physicians of regenerative medicine have produced a treatment to replace the cells damaged by this disease. Autologous stem cell therapy is a regenerative treatment designed to use the patient’s own adult stem cells to repair and replace diseased tissue in the body. Past treatments have shown that adult stem cells not only have the potential to regenerate lost or damaged myelin sheath tissues, but also have the ability to modulate the immune system, temporarily disabling the abnormal attack.
Stem Cell Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
Autologous adipose stem cell transplantation is a process of harvesting stem cells from their most abundant source, adipose (fat) tissue, activating them through an enrichment process, and re-introducing them into one’s own body. Stem cells by nature target areas of the body following inflammatory signals (where treatment is most needed) and begin the necessary repair. This advancement in using adult stem cell therapy assists the body to regenerate missing or diseased tissue that would not ordinarily be regrown.
Adult adipose stem cell therapy provides an advanced treatment that helps fight against the degenerative disease. Relief using stem cell therapy can be achieved in a variety of symptoms associated with this condition:
- Reduction or elimination of muscle pains and spasms
- Reduction or elimination of numbness and tingling sensations
- Improved concentration
- Improved coordination
- Increased energy
- Slight improvements in vision loss
- Improved balance and movement
- Reduction or elimination of headaches
- Improved tactility (sense of touch)
- Improved bladder function
While there is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis, using adult stem cell therapy to provide an alternative for those who don’t respond to typical drug treatment or when traditional procedures have shown less than optimal outcomes. Autologous stem cell therapy can assist in the reversal of challenging symptoms and damage associated with MS. Whether you have recently been diagnosed or battling this disease for years, know that MS does not have to control your life. With adult stem cell therapy, your rebuilding process can begin.