Multiple sclerosis is a disease whereby the body's immune damages the protective covering of the nerves
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. The signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis can vary widely based upon the amount of damage and nerves affected. Treatment can relieve MS symptoms and delay disease progression.
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) tend to have their first symptoms between the ages of 20 and 40. Sometimes the symptoms may improve, but then come back. Some may come and go, while others linger. Keep track of your symptoms to help your doctor monitor the course of the disease and the effectiveness of the treatment.
Early Symptoms of MS:
Blurred or double vision
Clumsiness or a lack of coordination
Loss of balance
Weakness in an arm or leg
Once a diagnosis of MS has been made by a neurologist specializing in the disease, there are 4 typical patterns that the symptoms follow, however all symptoms can regress and progress unexpectedly;
Relapsing-remitting (RRMS): This is a pattern of relapses alternating with remissions that can last months or years
Primary-progressive (PPMS): This is a pattern of gradual disease progression with no remissions or obvious relapses
Secondary-progressive (SPMS): This is a pattern of relapses alternating with remissions followed by gradual progression of the disease
Progressive-relapsing (PRMS): This is a pattern of gradual disease with sudden relapses
If you've been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, know that MS doesn't have to control your life. You can work with your doctor to treat and manage your symptoms so you can stay healthy and continue to live the life you want. There have been many recent advancements in therapeutics treating MS (see below). New treatments have dramatically reduced relapses, reduced progression of the disease, and improved quality of life.
There are a number of treatment options for Multiple Sclerosis. New treatments have dramatically reduced relapses, reduced progression of the disease, and improved quality of life. MS should be diagnosed and treated by a neurologist specializing in this disease.