An Overview of Multiple Sclerosis

You may know that multiple sclerosis (MS) causes symptoms like fatigue, abnormal sensations, or an inability to walk. But you may wonder how it occurs and why people with MS have such unique symptoms. Or maybe you want answers to more difficult questions, like whether there is a cure for MS or if MS is fatal (it’s almost always not).

Whether you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with MS or you simply want to gain a basic understanding of this unpredictable condition, it is important to know that you can live well with MS and that gaining knowledge of the condition is a critical first step.

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system—which is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. In a healthy person, nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord rapidly send signals to each other and to the rest of the body. These signals are called nerve impulses and are critical to our functioning and way of life. They allow us to process information, feel sensations, and move freely.

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