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About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that affects young adults.

The disease causes the protective covering, (myelin) surrounding the nerves to disappear in scattered patches. It leaves scars or sclera in multiple places on the brain and spinal cord, which is how it received its name, multiple sclerosis.  The sclera interferes with the normal electrical signals that the brain sends to various parts of the body, causing “short circuits.”

Characteristically, MS progresses in recurring episodes and is normally diagnosed between the ages of 20-40. MS is not contagious. In the early stages of disease diagnosis can be difficult. The progression of MS varies from one individual to another.

What are some of the symptoms?

There are some common symptoms of MS although they vary widely in severity from person to person. These symptoms may be constant, progressive, or sporadic with certain individuals experiencing only a few in their lifetime. Symptoms of MS may include:

  • Visual Problems
  • Numbness and Prickling Sensation
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Muscular Spasms
  • Slurred Speech