- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that effects the central nervous system (i.e., the brain & spine).
- MS is an autoimmune disease which means the body's immune system which is suppose to only attack foreign substances like bacteria will attack normal tissues in the brain and spinal cord by mistake. More specifically it attacks the protectivr cells that wrap around your nerves called the myelin
- In Greek Sclerosis means hardening of tissue or scars and in this case is referring to the buildup of scar tissue in the brain and/or spinal cord that occurs when myelin is damaged
- MS comes with a wide range of symptoms that depend on where the scars are. Symptoms include: muscle weakness, vision problem, tingling/ numbness, fatigue, heat sensitivity, muscle spasms, impaired thinking.
It's a fact:
- Approx 2.5 million people worldwide have MS
- Average age of clinical onset 30 -33 years old
- MS affects women more then men
- It's not contagious
- Unpredictable, no two patients will have the same set of symptons