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What is Multiple Sclerosis



What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

 

If you are like I was a few years ago and someone told you they had MS, you might not really know what that means.  What is MS? Well in very lay terms, MS is a disease where the body's immune system attacks the central nervous system, namely the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves of the eyes.  What does that mean in terms of symptoms?  Well my understanding is that the symptoms are varied from something as mild as tingling and numbness in the limbs all the way to paralysis or blindness.  The disease looks different from person to person and doctors say that many times diagnosing can be really difficult. 

MS is a progressive disease, which means that it will steadily worsen over time.  Some people,despite physicians' best efforts will still not respond to treatments and will develop the more severe symptoms. However, although this disease can be quite debilitating, it is my understanding that most people live pretty normal daily lives. 

The best advice I have ever heard for dealing with MS is to plan your days well.  Planning can help deal with the primary symptom many people face: fatigue.  Planning not to spend too much energy at anyone block of time can help make it easier to do more with the energy you have.  Not planning can lead to overdoing it and that causes symptoms to flare up. 


Go to the National MS website for the GA chapter to get in touch with a group of really great folks just waiting to offer some help.  

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