What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disorder of the central nervous system that can affect the brain and spinal cord. In MS, the immune system attacks nerve fibers and destroys the myelin sheath; an insulating layer imperative for the conduction of nerve impulses. This inflammatory process disrupts communication within the central nervous system, and between the central nervous system and other parts of the body.
Symptoms of MS vary widely, but some common symptoms include numbness or tingling of the face, body or extremities; impaired coordination or problems with gait; vision problems; pain; fatigue; and dizziness, among others. Most people who suffer from MS have a relapsing-remitting course. The onset of new symptoms may develop over a few days or weeks and then improve partially or completely.