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What is Multiple Sclerosis

A neurological disorder affecting the insulation (myelin) surrounding nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Destruction of the myelin causes scar-like tissue (scleratic plaque) to form. This demyelination interferes with normal transmission of nerve impulses resulting in various symptoms of MS.

 

How does MS manifest?
  • The majority of people are not severely debilitated by MS.
  • Most people are able to live normal and healthy lives.
  • Over 80% of people remain ambulatory their whole lives.
  • Many people may experience only a few mild, fleeting symptoms.
  • Some may experience a series of attacks with partial or complete recoveries or remissions.
  • Some may experience symptoms that remain stable over many years
  • Others may experience symptoms that worsen quickly or gradually over time.
  • Some have symptoms and medical complications that may result from inactivity, the effects of medication or poor health habits. These are not necessarily a direct result of MS itself.
  • It’s not uncommon for people to have different combinations of symptoms, sometimes in recurring episodes and sometimes with progressive severity
  • MS is often characterized by an erratic or unpredictable course.