MS is an inflammatory demyelinating condition. It is caused by damage to myelin – a fatty material that insulates nerves. In MS, myelin loss affects how nerves conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain. Symptoms include blurred vision, weak limbs, tingling sensations, unsteadiness, memory problems, and fatigue.
Most MS patients are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 – with more women than men affected. There is no cure for MS, but treatments are available that can modify the course of the disease. Research is progressing quickly in the hope of finding a cure.
For more information about Multiple Sclerosis, patient stories, and how you can contribute to raising awareness about the disease and celebrating World MS Day, please go to worldmsday.org.