Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable disease that affects your brain and spinal cord. The disease damages the material that surrounds and protects your nerves which is called the myelin sheath. Because of this damage to the myelin sheath the messages that are sent between your brain and your body are very slow or blocked. This is what leads to the symptoms of MS. The disease can range from relatively mild to disabling.

The cause of MS is unknown. Medical investigators believe that MS is an autoimmune disease; that is, a disease where the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. These attacks may be associated with an unknown environmental trigger such as a virus.

MS usually shows its first symptoms between the ages of 20 and 40. More women than men are affected. Some of the symptoms of MS are visual disturbances, muscle weakness, trouble with coordination and balance, sensations such as numbness and a feeling of "pins and needles", as well as thinking and memory problems.

There is no cure for MS yet. However, there are several medications that can reduce the number of exacerbations and may slow the progression of the disease. Physical and occupational therapy may also help. There is much research being done to find new treatments for MS. The neurologists at Neurology Associates of Fredericskburg have many years of experience treating patients with MS.

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