Multiple Sclerosis – Dealing With Stress

As if finding out that you have been diagnosed with MS isn’t stressful enough studies now show that there is a direct correlation between stress and multiple sclerosis exacerbations. Simply stated the more stress you have in your life the more likely you are to have a relapse. Tests done in Australia show that a person who is under stress is more likely to have a relapse, not surprisingly this relapse could cause even more stress.

The thought behind this theory is that as a person becomes more stressed and agitated the body releases hormones that affect the way the brain functions. These hormones are thought to slow down the speed of brain functions. For a person with multiple sclerosis, stress that affects the brain and causes this kind of slowdown might also trigger events such as cognitive difficulties and other symptoms.

There are many ways to learn how to cope with life’s stress. Multiple sclerosis sufferers should learn to adapt one or more of them to reduce the risk of…

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