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.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Fatigue (most common)
- Weakness or paralysis of one or more extremities
- Tremors in the extremities
- Muscle spasticity (uncontrollable spasms)
- Movement problems
- 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 control
Heat, humitidy, fever, stress, and sun exposure can all trigger or worsen an attack.