Multiple Sclerosis

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Assessment Task 3 – Independent research project Multiple Sclerosis Definition Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system where messages between the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves are disrupted. Symptoms and effects include: Motor control problems such as muscle spasms, fatigue, continence problems, and constant pain. The strain of dealing with this condition can result in social and psychological problems for example depression. Other symptoms are cognitive dysfunction and can result in the person having difficulty maintaining a train of thought or keeping up with a conversation when there are too many topics being discussed, and respiratory dysfunction, which courses an impairment of respiratory muscles. ( Key Issues…show more content…
* Being honest and open about the matter is key, individuals need to speak up when they find it difficult to understand what is being said. ( Services There are plenty of services and support systems that are available to people living with Multiple Sclerosis. These are offered through a number of organizations such as Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western Australia and the government. Support and services include. * Diagnosis * Treatment * Welfare assistance - provide financial assistance, advocacy * Nursing – Individualized assistance and care plan * Physiotherapists ( Risks * Too many people and too much noise can be a stressful encounter for people with MS, specifically those with cognitive dysfunction. * Infections like flu can course a person with multiple sclerosis to have added complications, which can lead to pneumonia due to decreased lung function. * Lack of sleep, as a result of the constant fatigue that a person with MS

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