There is still much more to be learned about the effects of depression and cognitive impairment in patients with multiple sclerosis but there are steps being taken to address these issues and help better inform patients of the impact both can play in their lives.
Patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis may develop depression as a result of the diagnosis but there is also research being done to show that depression can be part of the disease rather than as a result of it.
While the work being done to find a treatment for neuromyelitis optica is encouraging those in the field know they have not yet found a cure for the condition and that the agents being investigated will not help reverse the damage already done, which can be discouraging at times.
There are rare diseases and then there are ultra rare diseases. Neuromyelitis optica falls into the latter category but with a considerable amount of research behind it and a defined target to look at there has been success seen in finding treatments with more work being done every day.
While there are no approved treatments currently for neuromyelitis optica there is a considerable amount of work being done to help patients with this rare condition in the future.
At first glance, having patients with multiple sclerosis do yoga may seem unsafe and dangerous to their health. However, under the watch of a properly trained teacher and with careful monitoring this form of exercise has proven beneficial in even some of the most severe cases.