Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, potentially debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It is thought to be an autoimmune disease (one in which the immune system attacks components of your body as if they’re foreign), affecting the protective coating of the nerve fibers. Symptoms and signs can vary depending on which nerve fibers are affected, but may include:

  • Forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty retrieving words
  • Problems with multitasking
  • Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs, which typically occurs on one side of your body at a time or the bottom half of your body
  • Partial or complete loss of vision, usually in one eye at a time, often with pain during eye movement
  • Double vision or blurring of vision
  • Tingling or pain in parts of your body
  • Electric-shock sensations that occur with certain head movements
  • Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

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