Finally finished a MS BRAINTEASER to give you from the BRAINCHEESER! I had meant to complete it on 7/13/07...but as you are all aware, it was NOT a lucky day or me. Fortunately, I AM feeling a bit better (not as queasy at least) from my Novantrone on Friday and decided TODAY would be as good a day as any to challenge you with a puzzler all about Multiple Sclerosis...Moohahaha...
Much of the MS research indicates cognitive dysfunction and memory issues are one of many top complaints voiced by those of us with MS. There is also research indicating the more you "challenge" the mind, the better equipped it is to process...in other words, "use it, or lose it!"
So, with the "spirit" (or spite!) of making sure all y'all stay mentally flexible, I've put together a two-part brain teaser for you! Seriously...you can thank me or hurt me later...LOL
The first part is answering 13 questions regarding your knowledge of Multiple Sclerosis...just fill in the blanks. And the second part is a Word Find puzzle to locate your answers. I know...I'm a cruel BE-AUCH...it's what keeps me alive even in the face of potentially fatal medication errors. LOL
So let's play, shall we?!?
1. Currently there is no known _________ for Multiple Sclerosis. Only drugs to help slow the disease progression.
2. MS is thought to be an _____________ disease. It is believed a person's body with MS attacks itself.
3. A classic symptom of MS is ____________, which affects a major nerve of the eye.
4. The __________(abbreviation) is currently the diagnostic test of choice to accurately visualize MS lesions in the brain and spinal cord.
5. It is believed White Blood Cells called T-Cells cross the ________-________ barrier and attack the brain and spinal cord, causing areas of inflammation otherwise known as plaques.
6. These rogue T-Cells attack the fatty sheath surrounding neuronal axons, called __________. This substance normally acts as an "insulation" around the delicate axons.
7. Nearly 80% of all persons diagnosed begin the disease with a form of MS called ________ ____ __________ MS, characterized by periods of symptom onset that eventually go away totally or partially.
8. Rebif, Avonex, and Betaseron are all injectable drugs for MS disease control that fall into the category known as ____________.
9. __________ Acetate, otherwise known as Copaxone, is also an approved injectable drug used to control the progression of Multiple Sclerosis.
10. Natalizumab, or brand name ___________, was recently reintroduced by the FDA as an approved treatment for MS disease control. It is currently the only monthly IV drug available to MSers.
11. Dr. Jean-Martin ____________, a French neurologist, was the first doctor to recognize multiple sclerosis as a distinct, separate disease in 1868. But not until the 1990's, over 120 years later, were any viable medications established for disease control.
12. The most common symptom reported by MSers today and often the most debilitating is ___________. This symptom is reported by nearly 60% of the MS population, although some sources say the symptom is under reported. Currently drugs such as Provigil and Amantadine are considered helpful and on-going research is examining the use of exercise to combat this common symptom.
13. We all know heat can exacerbate primary symptoms of MS. The temporary blurring of vision that can occur when over heated, is known as __________ Sign, named after Dr. Wilhelm _________(same answer). This transient symptom usually goes away once the body returns to normal temperature. So stay cool this summer!!!!!!!
And now...I bring you the WORD FIND portion of today's puzzle!!! Don't worry. Tomorrow I will post the answers to the above puzzle and the grid answers to below. ARE YOU STILL HERE??????? LOL Get busy...