While most people have heard of multiple sclerosis (MS), very few actually know what the disease is and how it affects those who suffer from it.
MS is a disease of the central nervous system.
Patients’ immune systems attack their brain and spinal cord creating lesions and inflammations along the spinal cord, in the brain or optic nerve.
MS isn’t contagious.
You can’t catch MS from another person. It’s not inherited or genetically passed on from parent to child, although researchers do think that genetics may leave some people more predisposed to developing the condition.
MS can affect a person mentally as well as physically.
Fatigue is one of the symptoms of MS that tends to affect cognitive skills like memory and concentration. MS patients may have difficulty remembering names, finding the right word to say in conversations and staying focused.
No two MS patients experience the same symptoms.
Because there are so many symptoms associated with MS, the disease will affect each patient differently. Some may experience vision problems, while other may have difficulty walking. In addition, there are different types of MS, some of which are faster progressing than others.
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