Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the myelin on a patient’s nerve cells. The exact cause of MS is unknown at this time; however, there are many available therapies that can slow down the progression of the disease and help symptom management. Each patient experiences different signs and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, but some common symptoms are fatigue, numbness and tingling, weakness, visual disturbances, cognitive dysfunction, urinary dysfunction.

A physician diagnoses Multiple Sclerosis based on medical history and symptoms, neurological examination, and MRI examination. A lumbar puncture may also be ordered to help make the diagnosis

Resources

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Website: www.nationalmssociety.org

Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers

Website: www.mscare.org/cmsc/

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

Website: www.mymsaa.org