What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system of your own body attacks the nerves and especially their myelin sheaths. Myelin damage disrupts communication between nerve cells. Thus functions controlled by nerves could be disabled. As the nervous system is controlling almost all functions of the human body, Multiple Sclerosis may manifest itself through various symptoms. That’s why diagnosing MS is difficult and sometimes takes years. It is an unpredictable, often disabling disease and primarily occurs in young adults between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is twice as common in women as it is in men.
The cause of Multiple Sclerosis is not known but exogenous and endogenous predisposing factors may play a role. Although there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.