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Sodium buildup in brain linked to disability in multiple sclerosis

Interesting article. Additional thoughts as they occur to me:
- Some people with MS have to supplement their salt intake and get a lot of cramping and spasticity if they need more salt.
- Mum used to heavily salt vegetables, rice and pasta when boiling them. I have rarely added salt to any cooking for years.


Jul. 12th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
Ah, good point. The word "symptoms" always triggers such a response from me, I am afraid, because of all the other people that try to tell me their friend/relative/budgie's-left-nostril has MS and they do not get *that* symptom and so it cannot be due to the MS and anyway don't I realise that XXX magical-thinking cures MS and worked 100% for this person they see once a year at best? Apologies for my reaction.
Jul. 12th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Yeahhh.. I get that with Dyslexia. Either it doesn't really exist and I'm lazy/stupid and just need to try harder, or it'll be magically cured by wearing pink glasses or whatever... and a side-order of "but you can't have dyslexia, you can read!".. well yeah, it doesn't affect everyone the same way. In my case I can read fine, it's writing [and spelling] that gets scrambled.

Thats the visible symptom in my case... the primary symptom is a developmental disorder in how the brain organises itself and allots which functions to which hemisphere, leading to various sub-systems not entirely talking to each other correctly because instead of a direct link, it has to be shunted though the hypothalamus, or the cerebellum...

See what I mean, the visible symptoms are usually a secondary affect whenever you're talking about the nervous system. largely because it mostly doesn't do anything on the visible level itself directly, it's a command and communication network for the stuff that does.

Edited at 2013-07-12 08:48 pm (UTC)
Jul. 12th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
Uh huh. *empathy*
Jul. 12th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks, right back at you [in case I wasn't clear on that point before].

Kinda sucks, really. As if our respective problems weren't enough to deal with, we have to deal with this s**t from 'well meaning but ignorant' people as well...and then they wonder why we're so pissy at times and why we're not grateful for their 'sympathy' and 'help'...


Yeah, sorry about that. I think I maybe hijacked this a little... I hear ya. Hope they do find a cure that really is one. The sodium thing is signpost in what might be the right direction at least.
Jul. 13th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
Feel free to hijack! I post these things with the aim to cause interest and maybe conversation.


Nat S Ford
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