Updated date:

Multiple Sclerosis - Successful Treatment With Stem Cells

After 22 years as an RN, I now write about medical issues and new medical advances. Diet, exercise, treatment, and lifestyle are important.

Wheelchair MS Patient

stem-cells-treat-multiple-sclerosis

Stem Cells Treatment for MS

Stem cells treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS) effectively in several clinical trials around the world. They not only stop the progression of the disease but are able to reverse nerve damage. Up until now the only treatment for MS slowed the progression of the disease and alleviated associated symptoms. Cures for Multiple Sclerosis have been non-existent until now.

Finally, there are several drugs that are being studied and should be on the market soon according to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, plus the stem cell therapy holds great promise. These medications will hopefully be effective in providing a better quality of life, but they aren’t likely to be as effective as stem cell therapy.

Brain Neuron

Photo Courtesy of Wickipedia

Photo Courtesy of Wickipedia

MS-the Disease and Symptoms

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune, chronic neurological disease affecting the central nervous system (including the brain and spinal cord) by causing inflammation and damage to myelin, which is the insulation tissue for nerve fibers and in other cells within the nervous system.

The job of the myelin is to conduct nerve signals, so when the myelin is damaged the results may impair normal sensation, movement and thinking. The damage occurs in patches as distinct lesions, so individuals may have different symptoms depending on the location of these lesions.

Initially, the symptoms of MS are often transient, mild and self limited. The typical signs and symptoms of MS will vary slightly in different individuals, but the most common ones are changes in sensation, muscle weakness, abnormal muscle spasms, difficulty moving, coordination and balance, speech problems, difficulty swallowing, visual problems, fatigue, acute or chronic pain, bladder and bowel difficulties, cognitive impairment or emotional problems, with depression understandably a problem.

This is a lot for an individual or even their caretaker to contend with and a stem cell cure would be a miracle for these individuals. A Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis occurs with evaluation of symptoms, then a spinal tap. There is no diagnostic blood test.

Research Lab

stem-cells-treat-multiple-sclerosis

Stem Cell Transplant

Stem cell transplantation for MS step by step in a German Study:

  • Physicians take some bone marrow stem cells from the iliac crest bone in the hip and keep the cells alive. It takes about 30 minutes to complete the procedure, and it is not particularly painful.
  • Stem cells are processed from the bone marrow in a state-of-the-art government approved laboratory. Both quality and quantity of the stem cells is measured. “These cells have the potential to transform into multiple types of cells and are capable of regenerating or repairing damaged tissue.”
  • While the German study did not mention this, it was a part of the procedure in the American study with the other steps being identical as they use chemotherapy to essentially wipe out your immune system first.
  • Next, they put the stem cells back into the body by lumbar puncture, which puts them into cerebrospinal fluid and transports them up the spinal canal to the brain.
  • These new stem cells no longer see the myelin as an invader, so they do not attack the myelin sheath.
  • The body then can get to work healing any early-stage multiple sclerosis damage.

Stem cell Research

Study Results

In the German study 50 patients with MS were treated and returned questionnaires. The mean age was 48 and the follow-up was 5 months later. The results were improvement in 25 patients, no disease progression in 18 patients, and natural progress of disease in only 7.

The ability to walk better without help and stand alone was reported by 50% of the patients. Improved visual acuity improved in 57.1%. Enhanced bladder and bowel control improvement was reported at 47.1% and 28.6%.

In the American study of 23 patients, all with early stage relapsing-remitting MS were treated. They have tried the procedure before in the late stage of MS, and the results were not encouraging. After this procedure the group was followed for 3 years and 17 of them improved by at least 1 point on the disability scale and none got worse.

The disability scale is designed especially for MS patients and include things like balance, walking, bladder and bowel control, etc.

Multiple Sclerosis Adult Stem Cell Therapy

New Hope For The Future

There is now a larger trial underway. They want to learn more about risks and benefits or treatment and at precisely what stage is this procedure most beneficial. Just to clarify the stem cells uses, the process is called autologous non-myeloablative haemopoietic stem cell transplantation, which simply means that a person’s own adult stem cells are used, and the chemotherapy doesn’t fully destroy the bone matter. So, this procedure is an autologous bone marrow transplant.

This is an exciting new procedure that promises possible cures particularly when the disease is found in its early stages. Numerous countries without best top scientists are now treating these patients with stem cells and having positive results.

This procedure is actually healing not just slowing down the process of the disease. Stem cells treat Multiple Sclerosis during early stages of the disease is by far the best way to help an individual live a full, normal healthy life. Stem cells for treating MS are the most exciting advance in an otherwise debilitating disease

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on September 28, 2020:

Hi Linda,

I am glad my article might be helpful and at least you know a little more about this disease now. I appreciate your comments. Have a good week.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on September 28, 2020:

Pamela, thank you for this article. My neighbor was diagnosed two years ago. She is still managing (not wheelchair bound), but has problems with balance, fatigue, and depression. I was wondering what I, as her friend, can expect to see in the future and wondering how I can help and support her. Your article explains it very well. Thank you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 03, 2012:

confradofontanilla, Thank you for your comments obn MS. I am very familiar with the work of Dr. Dean Ornish and he has proven that you can reverse heart disease by following his program which is amazing.

conradofontanilla from Philippines on January 02, 2012:

I have made the conclusion that so-called autoimmune disease is one that is caused by free radicals. In biomedicine, autoimmune is explained further as the immune system being "confused" (by Dr. Dean Ornish in his book on Reversing Heart Disease) and "misidentify" (in Your Heart, edited by Dr. Clayman) but these concepts could not be verified. Dr. Ornish uses the term "confused" in the framework of dialectics, as if looking at one-self and not one-self. Free radicals are indiscriminate capable of killing both cancer and healthy cells in the vicinity of cancer cells, for example. This could be the reason for its being confused or misidentification of targets. Take Adriamycin. It produces a lot of free radicals that kill both cancer and healthy cells in the vicinity (Sharma, H. Freedom from Disease. 1993). However, biomedicine will not mention about free radicals. Multiple sclerosis is caused by free radicals. It can be treated with natural ingredients, which I discussed in my Hub, a supplement that you can make to treat ms. I am glad stem is into MS. A lot of neurons are made at one time but not all of them are used; some are held in reserve that when those in use conk out the reserves are called to duty. So there might not be an urgent need to rehabilitate damaged myelin or axons but to protect the reserves from free radical damage. Good if stem cell can regrow. them.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 21, 2011:

nceuxapa, It is very fortunate for people with multiple sclerosis that stem cells are helping with their disease. Hopefully they will treat more diseases in the future.

ncuxapa_ on February 21, 2011:

Unfortunately, stem cells have very usage and one of the is this one

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on October 27, 2010:

Nancy, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for your comments.

nancy_30 from Georgia on October 27, 2010:

Very informative hub. I learned a lot from your hub. Thank you for sharing all of this information.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 26, 2010:

Jasper, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comments.

jasper420 on August 26, 2010:

intresting aned well writtin nicly done i learneed a lot about ms while reading your hub i didn't know it was such a devistaing dease thankyou for opinong my eyes and allowing me to see how lucky iam

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2010:

Support Med, It is exciting to thing people can be cured of this horrible disease. Thanks for your comments.

Support Med. from Michigan on August 25, 2010:

This is truly amazing. Actually reversing/healing MS!! Not just slowing the process! It's news like this that makes me glad about stem cell research (most times I'm not so certain how I feel about it); but this is awesome!! Hopefully, all who are diagnosed early will receive benefit of it. Voted/rated.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 24, 2010:

bujju, Thank you so much for your comment.

bujju on August 24, 2010:

Thanks for the great information you provided,

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 23, 2010:

Habee, It is good news. Thanks for your comment.

Holle Abee from Georgia on August 23, 2010:

Wow! This is exciting news for those who suffer from MS!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 23, 2010:

Springboard, I hope so too. I have hope that the DNA work will really cure some of the worst ones because when you are using a person's DNA from their hip, they are not going to reject it. Thanks for your comment.

Springboard from Wisconsin on August 23, 2010:

Like most of the terrible diseases that plague us, one day I hope we can find cures for them all. Great job on the hub Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 22, 2010:

Dallas, Thanks for your comment.

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on August 22, 2010:

Great comments! Exciting future...

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 22, 2010:

Eileen, I hope it does help people and thank you so much for your comments.

Jen, I hope the hub was helpful to you. I didn't know you had MS and maybe one of these new medicines will be the answer. I hope so. Thanks for your comments and I wish you good health.

Hello, Thanks for your comment also.

Wendy, I appreciate your comments.

Janey, I imagine it took many hours of research. Thanks for your comment.

JannyC on August 22, 2010:

Fascinating Hub. Amazing too how we are able to discover this. It surely was not over night so kudos to all the researchers tiredless efforts.

Wendy Henderson from Cape Coral on August 22, 2010:

Science has come a long way. Great hub!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on August 22, 2010:

That is such wonderful news. Thank you for doing all this research and writing this wodnerful hub.

Jen's Solitude from Delaware on August 22, 2010:

Great info Pam! It would be wonderful if those newly diagnosed with MS could stop progression or better yet cure the disease before it takes over. As for me, 17 years in, I am still hopeful that one of the oral drugs will be helpful. At the very least, it will mean no more worries about daily injections, which will be a HUGE relief! LOL Thanks for presenting these findings in such a clear and easy to understand manner!

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on August 22, 2010:

Great helpful and very much hopeful hub, this will give much hope to MS sufferers that's for sure. Thanks for sharing this research

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 22, 2010:

Audry, It is fascinating and holds such hope for the future for many diseases. Thanks for your comment.

Billy, I really appreciate your comments.

billyaustindillon on August 21, 2010:

Pamela super research here on MS and stem cells with the images and vision - awesome!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on August 21, 2010:

It is amazing what they are doing with stem cells and I hope they can find a cure for this terribly debilitating disease - among others! Great piece, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 21, 2010:

JY3502, Thank you for the compliment and I am glad you stopped by to read my hub.

John Young from Florence, South Carolina on August 21, 2010:

You are an amazing writer Pamela. Good job.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 21, 2010:

Quill, I appreciate you comments very much. Blessings and Hugs to you and yours also.

Chris, Thank you so much for your kind comments. They are appreciated.

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on August 20, 2010:

Another very well researched hub... nicely done, Pamela!!

"Quill" on August 20, 2010:

Hi Pam... wonderful Hub and one packed with good news for those who suffer...

Blessings and Hugs

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 20, 2010:

K9keystrokes, I hope your cousin can get on one of the new medications that will soon be a available or better yet a stem cell transplant. I can't even imagine how difficult it must be to live with this disease. Thanks for your comment.

India Arnold from Northern, California on August 20, 2010:

My cousin has this this monster disease. I am greatful that you took on the subject Pamela. You did a wonderful job with it.

K9

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 20, 2010:

Msorensson, I appreciate your comments.

msorensson on August 20, 2010:

Great hub, Pamela, you did a fantastic job. Hugs, Melinda

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on August 20, 2010:

Roberta, thanks for your comment.

Mentalist Acer, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. They must still be painful and difficult to share. Thanks for sharing your personal experience.

Tom,

I did not read about a genetic predictor but I that is a possibility as they are doing that with so many diseases. The diagnosis procedure seems to happen if a patient as 2 unusual episodes like those I listed, then they get a lumbar puncture that confirms or denies the diagnosis. Thanks for your comments.

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on August 20, 2010:

Pamela,

Thank you for the information on the progress on this horrid disease!!!!

I have one question, since it is hard to diagnose, is there a better diagnostic proceedure, or a genetic predictor?

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on August 20, 2010:

Now there's hope for my brother who has this desease and wish they could speed things up,what Bush did to stem-cell research was an early death and disabling existence for my brother Dale;)

Roberta99 on August 20, 2010:

Amazing what research can do. Veery interesting.

Related Articles