What is Degenerative Joint Disorder?
Degenerative disorders are a little like a situation where the outer insulating covering of an electrical cord wears out or starts to come apart. This causes currents to short, and abnormal results occur. The nerves are like wires, and they actually carry nerve impulses that are electrical currents in nature. Imagine the strange outcome if their insulating sheath is destroyed – whatever the reason may be.
Often the baby appears to be normal at birth, and it is often not for some time that the nature of the disease makes itself apparent. Often there is a genetic tendency for these disorders. Most are ultimately referred by family doctors to major hospitals where they can be diagnosed and treated appropriately. There are a variety of disorders, but only a few will be briefly mentioned.
Friedreich’s Ataxia was named after Dr Nikolaus Friedreich, a German physician who was born in 1825. Most of these diseases bear the name of the doctor who discovered or first described them. It’s an inherited disease of the nervous system in which the nerves have gradually become destroyed. It may commence between the ages of five and fifteen years. Walking is unsteady, the legs being the first area to suffer. Speech later becomes jerky and difficult to understand. The majority of patients die in adolescence.
Tay-Sachs disease mainly affects young babies. Yes, generally between the ages of three and six months. Abnormal globules of fat are laid down in the nervous system, and this causes progressive weakness, apathy and lethargy. Most die before the age of three years.
Gaucher’s disease may come on at any age, and causes an enlarged spleen. bleeding from the nose, and pains in the limbs. As with most of these nerve degenerative diseases, satisfactory treatment is nonexistent at present and most die in infancy.
Demyelinating encephalopathy also known as Childer’s disease and simply means there is a deterioration of the insulating material of the brain. Bit by bit, paralysis occurs. It commences with the extremities and then affects the trunk itself. Headaches, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, mental retarary retardation, convulsions, may occur. There is no suitable therapy.
Hand-schueller-christian syndrome starts stealthily and produces lethargy, discharging ears, loss of teeth and bony swellings. The various organs inside the system are also adversely affected. It tends to smolder on for years. Some find a cure with therapy by corticosteroid drugs, and occasionally a spontaneous cure takes place.