Is Multiple Sclerosis Caused By Emotional Stress?

 by Aaron Kase

Stress is an inevitable part of modern life, but too much of it can be devastating to your health.

Ample research has shown that stress plays a major role in multiple sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease in which the brain’s communication with the body is blocked, causing symptoms like fatigue, numbness, dizziness and pain. There is no known cure for MS, but learning to deal with stress and emotions in a healthy manner can help limit the symptoms and allow patients to live more normal lives.

In his book, When the Body Says No, Dr. Gabor Maté dives into the stress-disease connection. In one example, Maté tells the story of a MS patient he called Natalie. Over the course of a few months in 1996, her 16-year-old son was discharged from a drug rehab center and her husband was diagnosed with malignant bowel cancer. While she cared for her husband, she suffered from fatigue, dizziness and ringing in her ears, and finally she went in for a checkup and received her MS diagnosis.

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