Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a complex neurological condition characterised by the immune system mistakenly attacking the protective covering of nerves in the central nervous system. MS can progress in different ways, classifying the four types of the disease, including:

  1. Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS, Most Common Form): Characterised by episodes of new or worsening symptoms (relapses) followed by periods of recovery (remissions).

  2. Primary Progressive MS (PPMS): This form shows a gradual onset and steady progression of signs and symptoms without early relapses or remissions.

  3. Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS): After an initial period of relapsing-remitting MS, this stage involves a steady worsening of symptoms.

  4. Progressive-Relapsing MS: A rare form marked by a steady progression from the onset, with clear relapses.

In functional/medicine, managing MS involves more than just addressing the symptoms; it’s about a comprehensive strategy focusing on the individual’s unique condition. Personalised treatment plans may include dietary modifications to reduce inflammation, supplements to support nerve health and immune function, and lifestyle adjustments to manage stress and enhance physical mobility.

 
 

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Case study

Sofia*, female, 64-year-old, Geneva, Switzerland

Address Multiple Sclerosis with Functional/Medicine

Challenges: Sofia grappled with fatigue, muscle weakness, and occasional episodes of blurred vision, significantly affecting her quality of life.

*The case study uses “Sofia” as a pseudonym to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

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Sofia’s Personalised Plan

Dietary Changes: Sofia implemented the Wahls Protocol in her diet to enhance mitochondrial function and support myelin production, key elements in managing MS.

Supplement Strategy: To complement her dietary efforts, we introduced targeted supplements aimed at correcting nutrient deficiencies, reducing inflammation, fostering autoimmunity tolerance, and enhancing her overall quality of life.

Functional/Medicine Lab Tests: We conducted a series of tests including a micronutrient test, heavy metal screening, comprehensive stool analysis, and advanced autoimmune panels. These were essential in identifying the underlying causes of inflammation, autoimmunity, and neural degeneration specific to Sofia’s condition.

The Results

After 6 months, Sofia experienced a significant boost in energy, reduced MS fatigue, improved focus, memory, and physical strength, leading to better mobility and daily functioning.

“Managing my MS symptoms has become so much more effective. I feel stronger, more focused, and in control of my health.”

Sofia