Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most widespread disabling neurological condition of young adults around the world. It is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. You can develop MS at any age, but most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another.
There are relapsing and remitting types of MS and progressive types, but the course is rarely predictable. Researchers still don’t fully understand the causes of MS or why the rate of progression is so difficult to determine.
Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis. Medications and treatment is available and designed to lessen frequency of relapses and slow the progression of the disease.
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