May brings awareness to Multiple Sclerosis

April 24, 2014

May brings awareness to MS

MS_image.jpgAccording to the National Institute of Health, it is believed that there are currently about 250,000 to 350,000 people in the United States who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This estimate suggests that approximately 200 new cases are diagnosed each week. 

 Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disease that affects your brain and spinal cord. It damages the material that surrounds and protects your nerve cells. This slows down or blocks messages between your brain and your body, leading to the symptoms of MS. They can include visual disturbances, muscle weakness, trouble with coordination and balance, sensations such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles,” as well as thinking and memory problems.

No one knows what causes MS. It may be an autoimmune disease, which happens when your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Multiple sclerosis affects women more than men. It often begins between the ages of 20 and 40. There is no cure for MS, but medicines may slow it down and help control symptoms. For more detailed information go to: http://www.nationalmssociety.org

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