WHAT IS MUL­TI­PLE SCLE­RO­SIS?

Friday - - Health -

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.

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