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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

MS ribbonMarch is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) awareness month. MS is a disease that disproportionally affects women, typically developing in young adulthood to age 50. Currently, over 2 million people worldwide are living with MS.

What is MS?

MS is an unfortunate disease in which the immune system, instead of attacking and destroying foreign substances to the body, mistakenly attacks normal tissues such as the brain and spinal cord resulting in loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation (numbness). The progression, severity, and symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary person. Most people living with MS learn to cope with the disease and continue to lead functional and satisfying lives.

No one is sure why MS develops – research has shown that it is most likely a combination of genetics and environment. There is no cure for MS, but scientists have developed treatments to help people living with MS manage their symptoms. Although specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from person to person there are early symptoms, including:

      • Muscle weakness/numbness
      • Decreased coordination
      • Blurred, hazy, or double vision
      • Fatigue
      • Emotional changes
      • Bladder and bowel dysfunction

For more information or to find out how you can help, contact the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 

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