Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the protective coating (myelin) around the nerves. The damage may also affect the brain and spinal cord. This damage causes messages to and from the brain to be slowed, distorted or stopped altogether. This is what leads to the symptoms of MS.
Damage to the myelin sheath is believed to cause ‘relapses’, or MS attacks. In these attacks, symptoms flare up and last for anything from 24 hours to several months. Over time, if nerve fibers themselves become damaged, or destroyed completely, this can lead to ‘progression’ of the MS and an increase in disability. People suffering from Multiple Sclerosis often suffer from the following complications:
- Problems with balance and walking
- Changes in vision
- Emotional changes
- Impaired thinking
- Impaired understanding
- Poor muscle coordination
- Sexual problems
- Slurred speech
- Bladder and bowel problems
Stem Cell Therapy Multiple Sclerosis is designed to introduce stem cells so they may differentiate into and repair the myelin sheath nerve cells. This process is called remyelination. Further, being that Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune condition stem cells have the ability to repair the immune system, keeping it from attacking itself. This process is referred to as immunomodulation. Stem cell therapy works best for patients with relapsing remitting MS and is less effective in patients with progressive MS. These patients may need repeat or more intensive treatments.
At DermaMed we use a combination of two injection methods for our patients diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis: intravenous and lumbar puncture.
Lumbar Puncture: also commonly referred to as a spinal tap. It is a procedure used to access the cerebrospinal fluid of the brain and spinal cord and helps to deliver stem cells directly into the cerebral spinal fluid, bypassing the blood-brain barrier. Our doctors have determined that this is the most effective method for delivering stem cells directly into the central nervous system. Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) is used by the body to provide protection for the brain and spinal cord, limiting the possibility of injury to these areas. The body constantly produces CSF and thus any withdrawn fluid is naturally replaced within a few hours.
Stem cell therapy may be repeated. Current studies indicate the strong possibility of a cumulative effect from multiple stem cell therapies a patient received for their condition. It is important to remember that the treatment is not a cure. Multiple Sclerosis is a progressive condition and the aim of the treatment is to temporarily reverse the disease symptoms to achieve better quality of life.