what is the disease diagnosed in Guta Stresser

Guta Stresser was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/@gutastresser)

Guta Stresser was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/@gutastresser)

In a statement to Veja magazine, actress Guta Stresser, who played the character Bebel, in TV Globo’s A Grande Família, told how she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. According to her, it was “terrifying” and made her “lose her ground” at the same time. “I didn’t even know what it was, just that it affected the brain,” she said.

About the symptoms, he revealed that in 2020 he realized he was having trouble remembering things, but he didn’t give much importance to the lapses.

Then, as the condition worsened, Guta reported that he began to forget simple words, such as glass and chair. She also had frequent tingling in her feet and hands, intense migraines, mood swings, and ringing in her ears. But it was only after she fell into the living room at home that she sought medical attention, and then the diagnosis came.

“I know that I will have to live with multiple sclerosis for the rest of my life. May it be long and full. Every day that passes has that taste of a small victory”, said the artist.

To YahooAline MB Matos, a neurologist at Hospital Santa Paula, in São Paulo, explained that multiple sclerosis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system.

“A chronic disease is when there is no curative treatment. In the case of sclerosis, despite being a chronic disease, there are treatments [para amenizar os sintomas] both in the SUS (Unified Health System) and in private care.”

When we talk about autoimmune disease, she says, it means that the condition arises from a change in the individual’s immune system.

“The immune system of patients with multiple sclerosis confuses the myelin sheath, a kind of membrane that covers a part of the neuron, with a foreign body. Thus, erroneously, the immune system starts to attack the myelin sheath and, consequently, affect the functioning of the nervous system”, explains Matos.

According to the neurologist, the disease affects both men and women, but there is a higher incidence among women.

Symptoms

Symptoms tend to appear between 30 and 35 years of age. Some of the signs are:

  • Fatigue;

  • blurred vision;

  • Loss of muscle strength, such as difficulty walking;

  • Sensitivity change;

  • Imbalance;

  • Lack of coordination of movements.

Diagnosis

To diagnose multiple sclerosis, Matos listed three methods:

  • Clinical history of the patient to know which and when the symptoms appeared;

  • Complementary exams, such as magnetic resonance imaging of the skull, cervical and thoracic spine;

  • CSF examination — lumbar spine puncture.

treatments

Although it is a disease that has no cure, multiple sclerosis relies on drug treatments to minimize symptoms. The neurologist explains that the type of treatment takes into account its severity — if it has a milder behavior, if it is in a moderate stage or if it has emerged with high aggression.

“The important thing is that in the face of a new neurological symptom, the patient immediately seeks an emergency care unit to have a quick evaluation. Early diagnosis and treatment greatly modify the history of the disease for the patient”, he says.

The neurologist also says that the goal is for the patient’s routine to be as close as possible to what it was before receiving the diagnosis. “He’ll be able to start a family, continue with his plans, take the trips he’s always wanted. Today the most gratifying thing is knowing that there is a possibility to do that.”

In addition to drug treatment, Matos recommends maintaining a physical exercise routine to help the nervous system regenerate, improve the feeling of fatigue and prevent other diseases, such as heart disease.

To Veja, Guta told that he does all kinds of exercises for the brain — and Matos reinforces the importance of maintaining cognitive activity on a daily basis. “Reading frequently and interacting with many people during the day are methods that help in the treatment of multiple sclerosis”, says the neurologist.

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