MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, IT ATTACKS PEOPLE IN THE PRIME OF THEIR LIVES, SLOWLY ROBBING THEM OF CONTROL OF THEIR MUSCLES AND THEIR LIVES.
TONIGHT'S HEALTHCAST SHOWS US TWO NEW WAYS DOCTORS ARE HELPING PATIENTS REGAIN WHAT THEY LOST.
"I've been trapped in an old person's body...forever. I was 25 years old when I was diagnosed with MS."
TWENTY YEARS LATER, BARBARA GARCIA COULDN'T MOVE WITHOUT HELP. BARBARA HAD A NARROWING IN THE JUGULAR VEINS. SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST M-S PATIENTS TO HAVE A VENOPLASTY. DYE IS INJECTED INTO THE JUGULAR VEINS TO LOCATE THE NARROWED AREA. A BALLOON IS INSERTED INTO THE VEIN AND INFLATED TO RESTORE BLOOD FLOW FROM THE BRAIN. "She started showing improvement on the table.
"After four hours of recovery he said let's see if you can walk and sure enough I was able to get up and walk around the bed."
WHILE AUDREY MIRELS DOES USE A WHEELCHAIR AT TIMES, IT'S NOT HER WALKING THAT BOTHERED HER IT WAS ANOTHER SIDE EFFECT OF M-S THAT WAS HOLDING HER HOSTAGE.
"I was making the bathroom my world. I was going every two minutes."
THOUSANDS OF M-S PATIENTS SUFFER FROM INCONTINENCE AND OVERACTIVE BLADDER. THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IS ORAL MEDICATION BUT IF THAT DOESN'T WORK, THE F-D-A HAS RECENTLY APPROVED BOTOX.
"The Botox basically relaxes the spastic muscles' nature."
PATIENTS RECEIVE 10 TO THIRTY INJECTIONS INTO THE BLADDER WALL.
THE BOTOX STARTS WORKING WITHIN A WEEK AND LASTS FOR UP TO NINE MONTHS.
"I don't have to go to the bathroom that much and I sleep through the night."
A FULL NIGHTS SLEEP AND WALKING ACROSS THE ROOM ON YOUR OWN. TWO THINGS MOST OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED.
WHILE NEITHER OF THESE PROCEDURES ARE A CURE, A MAJORITY OF PATIENTS FOR BOTH SAY THEIR LIVES WERE CHANGED AFTER THEY HAD IT.
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