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BMS – The 'not so benign' MS

It is becoming apparent that 'benign' MS may not be so benign

There may well be no benign form of MS.

'Benign' MS refers to a currently recognised form of the disease in which the patient remains fully functional 15 years after disease onset.

However recent findings, published 31 January 2010, show that although there may be no physical manifestations of classic MS symptoms, around 45% of people diagnosed with so-called benign MS have problems with cognitive function.

In some studies the presence of cognitive dysfunction was also associated with higher handicap scale scores, suggestive of considerable disease-related psychosocial problems.

We now know that the brain is not fixed but constantly changing, the theory of Neuroplasticity explains how new neurons are born and new connections formed, based on life experiences. This new understanding of how flexible the brain is goes some way to explaining why people with benign MS retain function.

It has been suggested that people who do well on our program probably do so because they have BMS but this is very unlikely. 

The aim of our program is to reduce the amount of nervous system damage by immune modulation, coupled with the prevention of degeneration, so that people actually stay quite well and not deteriorate, physically or mentally. This is quite different to so-called benign MS.

If you are told you have benign MS after being on this program for some years, it is because health care workers find it hard to believe that it is possible to stay well after a diagnosis of MS, and conveniently apply that label. 

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