6 Quick Facts About Multiple Sclerosis
There are still a lot of things we may not know about MS. To help you learn more about the disease, here’s six quick facts about multiple sclerosis you should know about, according to Last Second Medicine.
In multiple sclerosis disease, the myelin in the central nervous system (CNS) becomes damaged which causes lesions or plaques. The result is called demyelination. Demyelination happens in the brain and spinal cord.
The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown.
Multiple sclerosis is usually diagnosed in people between the ages of 15 and 50. It affects women two to three times more than men. For diagnosis, lesions in the central nervous system must happen over time and in different areas.
Symptoms will differ depending on the areas of the central nervous system affected. Some symptom include mobility problems, numbness, vision problems, fatigue, and pain.
Corticosteroids are used as medication to treat acute flare-ups. Immunomodulators are used to reduce the severity and frequency of flare-ups
There are four types of multiple sclerosis:
- Relapsing/Remitting MS (RRMS)
- Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS)
- Primary Progressive MS (PPMS)
- Progressive Relapsing MS (PRMS)
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