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Multiple Sclerosis

aka MS

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system, damaging the myelin sheath (covering of nerves that acts as a kind of insulation). The onset is usually between ages 20-40 and is more common in women.

Symptoms – Include problems involving the eye such as blurry or double vision, muscle weakness that leaves the sufferer with a feeling of clumsiness, and vague sensations of numbness or tingling (some may experience loss of bowel or bladder control). The condition will have periods of remission and symptoms may stabilize for long periods of time.

Cause – MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which the nerve coverings are attacked and destroyed.

Diagnosis – Vague symptoms involving vision, muscle weakness, and altered or loss of sensations may be experienced. These symptoms should be evaluated by a physician and may include CT scan or MRI.

Treatment – A physician may prescribe Beta interferon that may slow the disease or Copolymer 1 (copoxone).

Home-care should involve avoiding fatigue, stress, and hot conditions which may aggravate the symptoms. It is also important to educate family and friends on MS to gain support and seek out a local MS support group.