Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which the nerves of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) degenerate. Approximately 350,000 people in the United States have Multiple Sclerosis. Typically, the disease is diagnosed in patients between 20 and 50 years old, but there have been diagnoses in children and the elderly as well. Caucasians are twice as likely to develop MS than any other ethnic group, and women are 2x as likely to be affected by it early in life.

The cause of MS is unknown - researchers in the past 20 years have concentrated their efforts on immune system disorders and genetics to find answers. There are a number of types of multiple sclerosis, including: relapsing-remitting (RR) MS, primary-progressive (PP) MS and secondary-progressive (SP) MS.

There are a wide range of symptoms of multiple sclerosis, including: muscle spasms, fatigue, decreased concentration, difficulty paying attention, impaired judgment, paranoia, visual disturbances (i.e. blurred vision, monocular visual loss), manic depression and memory loss.

Source: www.medicinenet.com