WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?
A potentially disabling disease of the brain and central nervous system, MS has no cure as yet.
It occurs when the immune system begins to attack myelin, the protective sheath that coats nerve fibres. This damages the communication link between the brain and the rest of the body.
Initial symptoms include numbness in limbs, tiredness, tingling sensation, vision problems, stiffness of muscles and urinary problems.
Over time, MS can lead to nerve deterioration and permanent nerve damage.
Some MS patients may lose the ability to walk independently.
Treatment can help quick recovery from attacks and manage symptoms.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed.
Proper diet and regular exercise has been found to be beneficial in managing the symptoms.