What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves.
There are fewer than 200,000 US cases per year. Treatment can help, but this condition cannot be cured.
MS does require a medical diagnosis. Lab tests or imaging is often required. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease and can last for years or be lifelong.
In MS, resulting nerve damage disrupts communication between the brain and the body.
Multiple sclerosis causes many different symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination. The symptoms, severity, and duration can vary from person to person.
Some people may be symptom-free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away.
Physical therapy and medications that suppress the immune system can help with symptoms and slow disease.