Like every disease, there are several opinions for different people. The problem is that some of these opinions are for different doctors and some of them made several mistakes about diagnosing conditions and explaining the symptoms. The same happens with sclerosis. This is a disease that has a lot of misconceptions or myths. Fortunately for you, in this article I will talk about five misconceptions or myths about sclerosis.
- 1) People with multiple sclerosis can’t or shouldn’t be physically active. At one time experts believe that physical activity would worsen multiple sclerosis, but they were wrong. Research now shows it’s better for you to get out there and moving. You should choose activities that suit your interests and your physical abilities, but make sure you’re active on the majority of the days of the week.
- 2) Multiple sclerosis doesn’t cause pain. They feel pain. Sadly some health care providers might not consider pain a symptom of MS, said John Corboy, MD, neurologist and professor of neurology at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine in Aurora. “Multiple sclerosis clearly does cause pain,” he stated.
- 3) Women with MS shouldn’t get pregnant. Women are more likely to get multiple sclerosis and usually during childbearing years, so whether or not to become pregnant is a pressing concern for many women with multiple sclerosis and their partners. In the July 2012 issue of Women’s Health, experts emphasized that women with multiple sclerosis can get pregnant and might even find some relief from MS symptoms during their pregnancy. A mother’s multiple sclerosis has not been associated with any negative outcome for the baby.
- 4) Multiple sclerosis is catching. People around someone with multiple sclerosis might worry that, on some basic level, multiple sclerosis is contagious. That is in part due to the fact that “a relationship with Epstein Barr virus does exist, but there’s never been any evidence that is contagious or in any way transmissible,” said Corboy.
- 5) You are going to be permanently disabled with multiple sclerosis. You may have the misconception that every person will experience disability but that varies according the person. After all, there are a lot of medications and other aids that can slow the disease progression for many people.
In conclusion, living with Sclerosis is hard. Fortunately you can live a normal life if you know all the facts and apply for the available aids. Be healthy.