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.