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About MS and Other Conditions

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a life-long, progressive disease of the brain and nervous system. MS occurs when the immune system attacks myelin, the protective layer that covers nerve fibers. These attacks continue until the nervous system is damaged, keeping the brain, spinal cord and body from sending messages correctly.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of MS vary from person to person, depending on what nerves are affected and the extent of the damage. Common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Problems walking or moving
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Spasticity (stiffness or muscle spasms, often in the legs)
  • Weakness
  • Eye problems (blurred or reduced sight)
  • Dizziness
  • Pain
  • Difficulty learning, remembering, or paying attention
  • Depression or emotional difficulties
  • Bladder, sexual, or bowel problems

Treatment

While there is no cure for MS, treatment can help you manage symptoms and improve your quality of life. Treatment for MS is an ongoing process. Read more about how our team of interdisciplinary providers can help you manage this condition.

Other Conditions

Other conditions besides MS can be caused when the immune system attacks the nervous system. These conditions include myalgic encephalomyelitis (also known as chronic fatigue syndrome) and transverse myeletis. Like MS, these conditions are often best treated with a multidisciplinary team of health-care providers.