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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS EDUCATION & AWARENESS MONTH

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Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that is commonly misunderstood by many people. MS occurs when there is damage to the insulating portion that forms around the nerves (including the brain and spinal cord {MEDLINE PLUS}). This insulating portion, which is made up of protein and fatty substances, is referred to as the Myelin Sheath. M.S. results in the body losing muscle control, vision, balance and sensation, while creating a numbness around the affected area. Damage of this important portion of the body occurs when an individual's body attacks it's own nervous system, generally within the brain or spinal cord. Multiple Sclerosis is a serious illness that that is estimated to impact three times more women than men. The causes are unknown. Many specialists speculate that there could be a genetic component or even environmental factors. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, "the most frequent cause of neurological disability is MS often beginning in early to middle adulthood" (WEBMD). Symptoms of M.S. may occur in many parts of the body. The most common "early" symptoms include muscle weakness, decreased coordination, blurred or hazy vision, eye pain and double vision. To view the complete list of symptoms from muscular, to bladder and other symptoms, please view the following article:








It is important to visit your doctor if you are having any of these symptoms. Multiple Sclerosis can mimic other illnesses that are not present within the body. Your doctor will run a neurological exam and also begin by ruling out any other possible illnesses. Currently there is no cure for M.S., only treatment. The goal of the medical provider is to "slow" the disease down as much as possible. This can be done with medication. Please view the following article to get the list of possible medicinal treatments.






View the additional information below to answer all of your questions about Multiple Sclerosis.




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Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA





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