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Treatment of Multiple System Atrophy

Treatment of Multiple System Atrophy at Welling Homeopathy involves a specially developed treatment protocol which includes customized homeopathic medicines and speciality dietary advice.

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a group of progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a combination of symptoms that affect both the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system that controls involuntary action such as blood pressure or digestion) and movement. It has several features of Parkinson’s disease and is sometimes referred to as the “Parkinsonism-plus syndromes.”

It affects men twice as often as women. The average age of onset is 50 years old, and the average survival time after initial diagnosis is 10 years.

Cause of Multiple System Atrophy

Exact cause is unknown.

Symptoms of Multiple System Atrophy

It has three cardinal features:

  • Parkinsonism
  • Autonomic failure (including orthostatic hypotension, erectile dysfunction [ED, impotence], and urinary incontinence or retention)
  • Cerebellar ataxia (failure of muscular coordination)
  1. If autonomic failure predominates, MSA is known as Shy-Drager syndrome.
  2. If Parkinsonism predominates, it is known as striatonigral degeneration.
  3. If cerebellar ataxia predominates, MSA is known as olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA).

The initial symptoms of MSA are often difficult to distinguish from the initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and include:

  • slowness of movement, tremor, or rigidity (stiffness)
  • clumsiness or incoordination
  • impaired speech, a croaky, quivering voice
  • fainting or lightheadedness
  • bladder control problems, such as a sudden urge to urinate or difficulty emptying the bladder

Additional symptoms of MSA include:

  • contractures (chronic shortening of muscles or tendons around joints, which prevents the joints from moving freely) in the hands or limbs
  • Pisa syndrome, an abnormal posture in which the body appears to be leaning to one side like the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • antecollis, in which the neck bends forward and the head drops down
  • involuntary, uncontrollable sighing or gasping
  • sleep disorders, including a tendency to act out dreams (called REM/ (Rapid Eye Movement sleep behavior disorder)

Some people with MSA may experience feelings of anxiety or depression.

Diagnosis of Multiple System Atrophy

Based on a Neurological examination, Autonomic testing, assessment of Bladder function and / or Neuroimaging techniques. 

Conventional Treatment of Multiple System Atrophy

Currently, there are no treatments to delay the progressive neurodegeneration of MSA, and there is no cure. There are treatments to help people cope with the symptoms of MSA.

Some individuals with MSA may have significant difficulties with swallowing and may need a feeding tube or nutritional support. Speech therapy may be helpful.

Physical therapy helps maintain mobility, reduce contractures (chronic shortening of muscles or tendons around joints, which prevents the joints from moving freely), and decrease muscle spasms and abnormal posture.

Individuals may eventually need assistive devices such as walkers and wheelchairs. Occupational therapists help with home safety and learning new ways to address activities of daily living such as dressing and eating.

Homoeopathic Management of Multiple System Atrophy:

Homeopathic treatment for Multiple System Atrophy helps as supportive treatment and aims at symptoms of the disease. Homeopathy’s non-toxic, effective, deep-acting approach is a treatment option to all who are challenged by this serious, chronic condition. Remedies include Conium, Merc, Rhus T and Zincum.

Visit one of the Welling Homeopathy Clinic today for an expert pre-treatment analysis and speciality treatment of Multiple System Atrophy.

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