Salahi aside, being thin's not a typical MS symptom
So maybe Michaele Salahi's extreme thinitude is in fact related to her having multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Who knows?
But the official word from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is that of all the many and varied symptoms that can result from MS, being underweight is not a typical one.
Here's the Society's statement, from Rosalind Kalb, vice president of its Professional Resource Center and author of "Multiple Sclerosis for Dummies":
What people need to understand is when you meet one person with MS, you know one case of life with MS. The hallmark of multiple sclerosis is its unpredictability and that symptoms can range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis and can frequently come and go without warning. Weight loss is not a typical symptom of MS. However, there are other factors such as medications, fatigue, depression or difficulty swallowing that can affect appetite so if weight loss is observed in an MS patient, they should consult their physician.
As one who both has MS and has long struggled with weight issues, I was caught off guard by Salahi's attributing her thin physique to her 17 years of dealing with MS. But I have no reason to doubt her.
Plus, I figure that anything that gets people thinking about MS is good. There's lots of positive news for people with MS on the immediate horizon. If Salahi's announcement sends some newly curious readers to the MS Society's Web site to read all about it, that's all for the better.
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