Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. MS involves decreased nerve functions associated with scar formation covering nerve cells.
  • MS often progresses (called exacerbations) with episodes that last days, weeks or months. Exacerbations often alternate with times of reduced or no symptoms (remission). Reoccurrence (relapse) is common.
  • MS is more prevalent in women.

MS at a Glance (Multiple Sclerosis Foundation)

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Fatigue (most common)
  • Weakness or paralysis of one or more extremities
  • Tremors in the extremities
  • Muscle spasticity (uncontrollable spasms)
  • Movement problems
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Pain
  • Loss of vision
  • Loss of memory or judgment
  • Easily frustrated
  • Inappropriate behaviors such as sexual aggressiveness
  • Loss of coordination and balance
  • Decreased attention span
  • Incontinence of bladder and bowel controlĀ 

Heat, humitidy, fever, stress, and sun exposure can all trigger or worsen an attack.