Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks and destroys myelin, the protective covering that surrounds the nerves. This causes an interference of communication between the body and brain, and may eventually result in irreversible nerve damage.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Because multiple sclerosis presents itself differently in different people, symptoms vary widely. Symptoms may include:
- Lack of coordination
- Unsteady gait
- Tingling and numbness in different parts of the body
- Weakness and numbness in the limbs
- Vision issues, including loss of vision
Causes of Multiple Sclerosis
While it is thought that genetics may play a role, no one is sure what causes multiple sclerosis.
Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
Because there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, treatment focuses on symptom management. Treatment generally comprises a combination of medications and therapies.