Multiple system atrophy also known as MSA is an unusual neurological problem in which the body's involuntary functions get affected. These involuntary functions include breathing, muscle control, blood pressure and bladder function. Studies conducted on multiple system atrophy and Parkinson's disease show similar symptoms, such as rigid muscles, poor body balance, and slow body movement and so on. Doctors prescribe treatment of MSA which includes both medications as well as change in routine lifestyle for minimizing the symptoms. However, the fact is there is no permanent cure for this problem, with time it progresses and ultimately leads to death.

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Home Remedies For Multiple System Atrophy

Medications and treatment is an effective way to overcome the painful symptoms of multiple system atrophy. However, making some minor alterations in the lifestyle and adopting some self care measures can be helpful in eliminating the multiple system atrophy symptoms. (1) Let us take a look on some of these effective home remedies:

Try To Increase The Blood Pressure – increase the intake of salt in food and also increase the intake of different liquid fluids. Both salt as well as fluid can combined results in high blood volume and also blood pressure.

Elevate The Head Area Of Bed – make sure to increase the elevation angle of the head portion of the bed to approximate thirty degrees. This way blood pressure of the body will increase while sleeping. But make sure that when you wake up slowly come to the normal position from reclining position.

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Incorporate Dietary Changes – People suffering from MSA can frequently experience constipation, hence; incorporating more fiber in daily diet can actually be very helpful easing constipation. One can also experience drastic relief with laxatives medications as well. Try to eat small portions and also food with low carbohydrate content.

Avoid Hot Climate – Try to avoid going out in hot climate and stay as much as possible in cool air conditioned room. Also, try to avoid too much heat when in the bathroom.

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Use Elastic Stockings – Wear more of the elastic support stockings as this will help in avoiding drop of blood pressure from dropping.

These remedies are simple but followed religious can have a positive impact on the symptoms and the problem.

Multiple System Atrophy Symptoms

Effect of Multiple system atrophy is not limited to any particular body part, instead; it affects many body parts. Symptoms of this problem is visible mainly when the individual in their 50s or 60s. Multiple system atrophy is classified in to two groups cerebellar and parkinsonian. The type is identified with the symptoms through proper diagnosis.

Symptoms Of Cerebellar Type – Symptoms of this problem is closely associated with muscle co-ordination, such as:

  • Interrupted and slow speech
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing food
  • Disturbed vision (double vision or blurred vision)
  • Lack of coordination in body movement or loss of balance

Symptoms Of Parkinsonian Type – This is one of the most common types of multiple system atrophy. Symptoms of this closely resemble Parkinson's disease:

  • Difficulty in maintaining straight posture and balance
  • Rigid muscles
  • Slow body movement
  • Problem in bending legs and arms
  • Tremors

General Symptoms – some of the primary symptoms of multiple system atrophy are as follows:

Experiencing Postural hypotension, in which blood pressure of the patient becomes low and he/she starts feeling dizzy or can even faint (When standing).

Can suffer sudden increase in blood pressure level, especially when lying down

  • Constipation
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Decrease in the production of saliva or sweat
  • Intolerance to heat
  • Abnormal breading during night hours
  • Lack of adequate sleep
  • Loss of libido
  • Irregular heartbeats

These multiple system atrophy symptoms are very painful and can gradually increase if not treated on time. As mentioned above there is not sure treatment or cure for overcoming this problem but with the help certain medication the level of progression of these symptoms can be reduced to a great extent.

References:

  1. https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Multiple-System-Atrophy

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Sheetal DeCaria MD

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Last Modified On: April 9, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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