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Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by on Jun. 20, 2007 at 1:04 PM
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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) isnt fully understood, but many believe it's an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system.

When a person has MS, he or she loses myelin in more than one or multiple, areas. The resultin scar tissue is called sclerosis. Sometimes the nerve fiber itself is damaged or broken. When myelin is destroyed or damaged, the nerves can't conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain as well. This breakdown is what produces the symptoms of MS.

The Symptoms of MS are unpredictable and various. Here are a few of the more common ones.
-Fatigue
-Difficulty in walking
-Vision problems
-Emotional changes
-Problems with memory, attention, and problem solving
-Bladder/bowel dysfunction
-Dizziness and vertigo
-Numbness/pain
-Sexual dysfunction

Just as symptoms are different among individuals, so are the types of multiple sclerosis. Each of these types can be mild, moderate, or severe.
There are four recgonized types of ms, ranging from those that cause periodic relapses or attacks of symptoms that subsequently 'remit' or go away to types that progressively worsen over time. These types further demonstrate why MS is such an unpredictable disease that affects those living with it in very different ways.

Facts about MS:  Every hour, someone is newly diagnosed with MS.
More than 2.5 million people worldwide live with this unpredictable disease.
MS is the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults.
MS is not contagious and is not directly inherited.
The majority of people with MS do not become severely disabled.

You can learn more about MS at:
www.nationalmssociety.org  and
www.jointhemovement.org

This is where I got my information.
by on Jun. 20, 2007 at 1:04 PM
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