Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Multiple Sclerosis(MS) is already helping many people live better lives, even though there is still much to discover about how closely sex hormones may be linked to MS. Talk to your doctor about HRT if you’re interested in the most recent MS treatment or get in touch with Harbor Compounding Pharmacy for additional details. If you want to know if Harbor Compounding Pharmacy can customize your HRT therapy for you, check out our pages on bioidentical HRT.
Muscle spasms, numbness, imbalance, lacking mobility, and cognitive decline are just a few of the most problematic symptoms of multiple sclerosis. And even though at least a million people live with MS in the United States, this disease is not yet well understood or treated.
Recent studies have focused on learning more about the relationship between sex hormones and multiple sclerosis and how these hormones may decrease the disease’s spread. Here’s a closer look at MS, how it affects men and women differently, and how hormone replacement therapy might be used as a treatment.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
The central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain and spinal cord, regulates communication between the brain and body. The inflammatory disease known as multiple sclerosis (MS) adversely affects critical components of the central nervous system (CNS), which interferes with vital impulses between the body and the brain.
Myelin, the protective covering of material that surrounds nerve fibers, is attacked by the immune system in MS patients. As a result, a person with MS may experience various life-changing symptoms.
There are four notable types of multiple sclerosis:
- Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS) – A type of MS episode characterized by common neurological symptoms
- Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) – Continual relapses of neurological symptoms amid periodic remissions
- Secondary progressive MS (SPMS) – Worsened form of RRMS with more frequent episodes of neurological symptoms.
- Primary progressive MS (PPMS) – The most advanced type of MS, typically characterized by active symptom episodes and symptom progression.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
MS symptoms might differ from person to person and even depending on gender. However, the widespread signs include:
- Muscles spasms, numbness, instability, weakness, tremors, or difficulty moving are some of the symptoms of MS
- Vision issues such as eye pain, vision loss, blurry or double vision, and uncontrollable eye movement
- Problems with the bowels and bladder, such as urgency while peeing, incontinence, constipation, or recurrent infections
- Tingling, discomfort, and numbness in various body areas or the limbs
- Issues with sexual function
- Difficulties speaking or swallowing
- Memory loss, sadness, mood changes, and a lack of focus are all signs of brain function.