Selma Blair

Actress Selma Blair, who is best known for her roles in films like Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions, announced she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in August.

Blair, 46, made the announcement on her Instagram account on Saturday.

Blair writes:

“I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. I am in exacerbation [worsening condition]. By the grace of the lord, and will power and understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS.”

Blair said she often drops things on the street and she encouraged her fans to “feel free to help me pick it up.”
 

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) occurs when the outer covering of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged causing disruption of the signals to the body, similar to a short circuit in a wire.
 

What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?

Genetics

The cause of multiple sclerosis is not clear. Researchers theorize that an underlying factor is destruction by the body’s own immune system or failure of the cells that make up the nerve cover. Some people are genetically predisposed to MS if it runs in their families. Other causes include viral infection.

The body’s immune system consists of white blood cells (WBCs) called macrophages that patrol the body looking for unwelcome invaders (foreign particles, virus, microbacteria, cancer, etc).

When it finds an invader, the WBCs surrounds it and engulfs it, causing destruction of the invader and leaving behind a telltale marker (antibodies) that will “remember” the same virus if it tries to infect the body again. This is what happens with cold viruses, which is why you get fewer colds as you age.

In the case of people with MS, the body’s immune system goes haywire and attacks the nerve covering, confusing it for an invader. Doctors don’t know why this happens.
 

What Are Signs and Symptoms of MS?

Symptoms of MS include muscle weakness, difficulty walking, numbness and tingling in your fingers, losing your balance or unsteady on your feet, and an electrical sensation like a chill running down the neck or back when you bend your neck.

Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Pins and needles in hands and feet
  • Poor bowel and bladder control
  • Vision problems (blurred vision, double vision)
  • Slurred speech
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle spasms
  • Loss of sensitivity in fingers and feet
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Weakness, feeling tired
  • Pain
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    What is the Treatment for MS?

    There is no known cure for MS. Treatment involves relieving the symptoms of MS or improving function after an attack or preventing new attacks.

    Medications

    Medications include steroids such as Prednisone, Dexamethasone, Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol), etc. Steroids help to reduce the inflammation, but steroids are associated with long-term side effects which may be permanent, including moon face, bloating, insomnia, headache, stomach ulcers and high blood sugar.

    This has been your Medical Minute.

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    • bemetoo

      she look like it

    • xenaD

      Our bodies are friggin incredible!! Wow. We must treat it right, especially, since it treats most of us so kindly ?

    • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

      Whats up will all these recent diagnosis of MS? It seems like every week somebody is diagnosed or just now saying they have it. I’m starting to get concerned here…….its happening in all cultures………..Go figure….

    • Renee26

      Blessings to her… She’ll be alright

    • Erin

      MS Warrior here, diagnosed at the young age of 31 in 2006. It’s been a tough 12 years but I have a friend currently fighting Cervical Cancer so honestly MS has been a walk in the park in comparison. I just take it all day by day.

    • Erin

      Not to be rude but MS doesn’t have a look trust me I have it :)

    • Yoni7

      Bless you and your friend on your healing.

    • bemetoo

      I know

    • Alextra Ballard

      You are definitely a warrior keep fighting while pushing forward. I’m wishing you nothing but the best. Blessings to you my dear

    • Alextra Ballard

      This is so messed up when folks get incurable dieseases.

    • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

      May God see you through

    • Miss Thang

      Selma, I wish you the best, and I hope e find a cure. Stem cell research would greatly help with this, but Republicans don’t give af about human life.

    • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

      Bless you, Erin!

    • Logan Roberts

      Funny I was just reading about this on blind gossip & it was said because of long time drug use….

    • dontgetblocked

      I’m praying for her. Prednisone is the devil. It causes other problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and Cushings.

    • Bashi22

      She will be ok Montel has it as well. She will be the new face of Multi Salrosis brand embassador, book deal ( life with Mutli Scalrosis ect.) and Tv PR run coming next also charity in her name.

    • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

      I like her as an actress. Always have.
      Sela Blair is healed in JESUS NAME. The same way I was supernaturally healed from terminal cancer, so shall she!

    • dontgetblocked

      See your doctor and get checked. I ended up having an auto-immune disease that basically lead to surgery after years of being sick and not knowing why.

    • dontgetblocked

      You better pray you stay healthy.

    • Alextra Ballard

      I forgot about montel Williams…he also suffered a massive stroke in may

    • Yardgirl

      Blessings Erin!! I have a friend who has it and it’s an uphill battle. Stay strong!!

    • Yardgirl

      My sister was put on Prednisone and it made her face get bloated. When she told me she was on it, I almost fainted but did not say anything to upset her. Thank goodness that was her only side effect.

    • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 ?4FlavorsOfMe ?????CreoleMami?

      My aunt has MS too oh wow :( I am so sorry to hear this

    • Alextra Ballard

      SR… your Medical Minits are gratefully appreciated. It let’s you know that Yew are not the only one going through something,and pulling through

    • FukkFolks2018

      I have been on and off prednisone all my life. Its just awful bc its the go to drug for A WHOLE LOT OF AILMENTS. I wish they would find a better alternative. Its time.

    • FukkFolks2018

      This touched me. 2 years ago almost to the day…we found out my vibrant, young, full of life niece has MS. She is only 29. She was a newlywed and literally 4 months into her new husband’s overseas duty station. So it was pretty overwhelming to grasp and to accept. I dont think all of us have yet. She is managing though. She has good and bad days. She is still as of right now able to do all she was doing and is still coaching gymnastics and cheer on the side, and her regular career is actually going terrific. She is back in school for the second half of her masters program. Its life changing. Many blessings to all those who suffer.

    • FukkFolks2018

      God bless you. I am very much in the mindset that the ones who catch it early as you and my niece both did, just fare better overall. You all learn the triggers and the way of life around it pretty good. Im sure there are good and bad days as well. You have a great outlook. Keep on keeping on!

    • Bashi22

      Wow really Montel did rally to legalize marijuana because it help him with multi scelrosis

    • Pamela

      Richard Pryor had too.

    • Judge Mental Will

      It’s scary man. Im 40 and dealing with depression. Stories like this gives me panic attacks about getting older and sick. Praying for people all over who going through things like this.

    • iWasteTime

      This my Girl!!
      I loved her in the Sweetest Thing.
      Hope she has the support she needs to get through.

    • Yardgirl

      Bless up sis, I pray they find an alternative!

    • Cricket404

      #1 STRESS

    • Rahab

      Man, I got prednisone eye drops to clear up the red eyes I had for four months. See another specialist and wearing progressives. Vision changed drastically in 9 months and included an Anemia diagnosis.

    • FukkFolks2018

      DAMN! Im so SORRY man.

    • FukkFolks2018

      I do too. I do mean its used for everything. Its even in some inhalers. Its just crazy.

    • Faithz

      Thanks for this Auntee. Lord knows that there are so many who only get their Medical Minutes from Right here From You!!
      With our health things can happen so sudden that will change our lives from now on, that is why I will never Understand how some people can be so mean spirited toward another human Being ~

    • Trace da Ace

      damn….my bff, whom is a personal trainer, has MS…..and he says that it is no joke when he has an attack…..my prayers and love goes out to anybody suffering from this disease….

    • Anji

      Blessings Erin!

    • Faithz

      Thanks for Sharing, Your Niece is
      in my Prayers!!

    • cherrypie

      Come upstairs ya’ll new post

    • Freeriah

      All the people I know that have MS are bed bound. They have lost the ability to use their bodies. This disease is crucial.

    • Karen Brady

      Doctors will tell you that MS is different for everybody and there are no two cases that are exacty alike. I know people who are afflicted with it and are thriving.. soe take their medication and some don’t. You’ll be fine Selma.. just like the countless ppl I know and know of in addition to Tamia, Jack Osbourne , Montel, that Jamie chick from The Sopranos….

    • FukkFolks2018

      Thanks babes. Its takes a village til they good and grown.

    • Erin

      praying for your niece I was 31 when diagnosed

    • Erin

      Thanks all you guys @disqus_1mqPg1P59b:disqus @disqus_wWEwvYzy2i:disqus @Yardgirll:disqus @ZRoJoTheLezBeyond:disqus @missarewa:disqus @alextraballard:disqus @yoni7:disqus you have no idea how much those kind words mean. I really, really appreciate it. You would be surprised I have “friends” (and I use that word lightly) that don’t even check up on a sista so when I say much appreciated it is much appreciated it. XoXo

    • Faithz

      Amen to that, you are so right!

    • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

      So, would Vegan & lots of deep breathing heal this, you think?

    • Truth Or Die

      Budesonide can be a safer alternative to prednisone depending on what illness your battling and other health factors. Do your research and speak to your doctor about it at your next scheduled visit. Also for inflammation make sure to take turmeric and ginger daily

    • bemetoo

      true

    • ALLMINE?

      They thought I had ms but it was lyme disease… smh

    • BicoastBlackGirlGeek

      Bless you Erin! Hubby has MS and it is a battle, but you are a warrior, stay strong! :)

    • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

      I’m hoping all is well for you at this point. I do go to my doctor, so far so good. If something is wrong with me I want to be the first to know about it. Stay strong!!!!!

    • Soon2BWife

      Did they begin medicinal treatment early on? The people I know that are this way didn’t take meds. Those that are still thriving take medicine like clockwork.

    • Freeriah

      Yes they took meds as soon as they found out. It progressed after 10 years and they can no longer move.

    • leapyearpisces

      Is it MS or ALS (Lou Gehring”s Disease )? I’m not trying to discount you at all. Just wondering. MS, ALS, and the lesser RLS (restless leg syndrome ) are all “sister” diseases / conditions, with ALS being the most severe with NO mortality rate, and RLS being the mildest one. Once again, not trying to discredit you, just interested because the people I know still live “regular” lives as much as the disease will allow, but none are bedridden or list complete control if their bodies.

    • Freeriah

      It’s MS. I’m a nurse and I take care of these people. They are in there early fifties so maybe they people you know haven’t reached that stage yet. Yeah but this disease scares me. I can’t imagine not being able to move anything but my lips. They also have problems swallowing and talking.

    • leapyearpisces

      Now you scaring ME!!!!! Because I ALWAYS thought ALS was the one that invades the body!!! I had NO idea that what you are describing MS can cause. Wow! That is scary! I always thought people could “manage “with MS. Thanks for the education.

    • Soon2BWife

      Man, I am sorry to hear that. It is a tough disease since no two people manifest symptoms the same. Any autoimmune disorder is terrible (RA, Chrons, lupus etc) because your body is attacking itself. My sister has MS and she has never shown major symptoms even had a baby and her pregnancy was not difficult but she doesn’t miss a dose of her meds.

    • Freeriah

      She’s been blessed

    • Soon2BWife

      ??