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What Is Multiple Sclerosis

nervesMultiple Sclerosis is a disease of the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord). The insulation, called myelin, surrounding the nerves is damaged or destroyed. When this occurs, messages from the brain are lost or interrupted. This is what causes the various MS symptoms we experience -- vision loss, double/blurred vision, numbness, coordination problems, balance problems, etc. No one knows what causes MS nor is there a cure. There are treatments available which can help with the symptoms you may experience while you are learning to live with Multiple Sclerosis.

MS is considered a devastating disease because of its unpredictability. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of the disease cannot be foreseen. You never know when attacks will occur, how long they will last or how severe they will be. However, doctors and scientists now believe a cure for MS will be found within the next ten years.

"Multiple Sclerosis is a disease whose time has come."
          -- Jonas Salk, M.D.


MRI
This MRI scan shows multiple abnormal white areas that correspond to MS plaques


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Updated November 25, 2001.