Sunday 20 September 2015

Brains! (CMT Awareness Month 2015 - DAY 20)

Hello again from me, on day 20 of 
International CMT Awareness Month!
Charcot-Marie-Tooth is a disease of the peripheral nervous system and does not include the brain or spinal cord. 

This therefore means that brain function is not affected.  

That being said, any chronic condition can have a plethora of related issues which, whilst not specifically caused by CMT (in my case), can result from recognised symptoms or indeed their treatments!

Physical examples of this could be issues with knees, hips or backs as a result of the CMT walking gait, poor posture or weak muscles.

Related issues can also manifest itself in other ways.  Issues coping with day to day life can be common in those with chronic conditions, leading to depression. Additionally, the side effects from many medications taken for pain relief can have cognitive effects including drowsiness, confusion and impaired ability to concentrate.

I guess what I'm saying here is that the effects of a chronic illness don't end with the list of symptoms that are specific to the condition. The effects can be far reaching.

I am going to cover the link between disability and depression in more detail tomorrow as I feel it deserves its own post so please join me then!
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If you are interested in finding out more, the UK's official charity for the disease, CMT United Kingdom, have a wealth of information.

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