What EVERYONE should know about MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
By learning more about MS,
YOU can help people with MS
make the MOST of life...
and the LEAST of MS!
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).
- The brain and spinal cord send messages to the rest of the body through electrical impulses. In persons with MS, these electrical impulses do not get through as they should due to damage to the message transmission system (formation of plaques).
- It's called MULTIPLE because more than one area of the brain and/or spinal cord is affected.
It's called SCLEROSIS because MS causes scarring of damaged areas.
- The symptoms of the disease vary from problems with vision or sensation to mobility or coordination.
- In some cases MS can cause pain, speech disturbances or emotional impairment.
- Fatigue or unusual tired feeling is very common.
- The most common form of MS is the relapsing and remitting type, meaning that from time to time the condition flares up and then calms down; the symptoms come and go.
- Over time MS may progress further, causing disability, poor coordination and other symptoms.
- MS generally attacks young adults (between 20 and 30 years of age), and it affects women more than men by a ratio of three to two.
- MS is not infectious or contagious. There is no evidence that a person with MS can pass the disease on to someone else through casual or sexual contact.
- As yet there is no known cure for MS; however with current medical treatment, people with this disease live much longer than before.
- An estimated 2,500,000 people in the world have Multiple Sclerosis.
MS is an unpredictable disease,
but a POSITIVE attitude
can make all the difference!