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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord.

MS occurs when myelin, a substance covering nerve fibers deteriorates and lesions form. This distorts messages to or from the brain, resulting in a variety of symptoms varying from mild to severe. MS usually appears between the ages of 15-50, just as a person is starting their lives. Women are affected more than men. Currently there are over 400,000 Americans affected by MS. The cause of MS is not clearly known, therefore there is no cure for this often debilitating disease.

MS Symptoms can include:

  • Vision Problems
  • Tingling/Numbness
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Loss of Balance/Coordination
  • Walking Difficulties
  • Excessive Fatigue
  • Bladder/Bowel Problems
  • Cognitive Difficulties
  • Speech Impairment

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Multiple Sclerosis Resources
of Central New York

The June 2017 issue
of The MS Chronicle
is now available.