Multiple Sclerosis- its impact on youngsters, especially women

Bengaluru, May 31, 2018: Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru’s trusted quaternary care and multi-specialty hospital along with Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI) organized a special health awareness camp on the eve of World Multiple Sclerosis Day, wherein over 50 patients were medically examined.On this occasion, Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru donated specialized wheel chairs to Multiple Sclerosis Society of India (MSSI) for MS patients.The program aimed to raise awareness on the recent advances of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and its therapy, which ultimately benefits families and patients affected with this chronic disorder. Young patients were enlightened on various aspects of the disease by renowned neurologists from Vikram Hospital Bengaluru.

World MS Day serves as an important reminder of thereal challenges faced by thousands of people living with MS each day. MS is achronic central nervous system (CNS) disease, which affects the brain, spinalcord, and optic nerves. Even in the absence of new symptoms, the disease is acontinuously active. Treatment is available in the form of injectable and oralmedication but is not affordable by all as it is expensive. Symptoms of MSincludes blurring of vision, double vision, tingling numbness of any part,imbalance of body while walking and as the disease progresses, there could bebladder dysfunction, cognitive changes and difficulty to walk. It is a diseasethat can lead to severe disabilities and dependency. 

Dr.Rajesh B Iyer, Neurologist, Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru, said, “Multiple sclerosisaffects predominantly young individuals between 20 - 40 years of age, women aremore commonly affected. It's is at least two to three times more common inwomen than in men probably due the hormonal influences. Although MS wasinitially considered to be a disease affecting individuals in colder climates(Europe and North America), it is now being increasingly diagnosed in theIndian subcontinent. If diagnosed and treated early, disability can beprevented in most patients.” 

Dr. Jayachandran R., Neurologist at VikramHospital, Bengaluru,said, Treatment for multiple sclerosis is divided into1st line, 2nd line and 3rd line of therapies depending on severity of diseases.Studies are going on with bone marrow transplant. People suffering frommultiple sclerosis needs to realize that the disease is controllable and thatthere are multiple treatment options available.” 

Dr.Somesh Mittal, CEO, Vikram Hospital Bengaluru said, We need to create awareness aboutMultiple Sclerosis and a wide range of innovative therapies that are availabletoday for patients suffering from MS. However most patients are unable tobenefit from this development as they cannot afford these therapies and are notaware of the treatments. Vikram Hospital Bengaluru has been supporting MSpatients by providing specific programs, treatments and regular consultationfor MS patients within the hospital.” 

Additionallythe experts stressed on the importance of practicing regular yoga, exercises,meditation,  positive attitude, has always helped in significantimprovements while treating MS. 

Mr.Shankar, MSSI Bangalore Chapter said, “We extend our deepest gratitude to the team atVikram Hospital Bengaluru for their commitment and unhindered support to thecause.  We are thankful to them for donating wheelchairs and for spreadingawareness on MS.”

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