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Top Ten October 19, 2010

Filed under: Multiple Sclerosis — clappingonthedownbeat @ 2:32 AM

I had heard of Multiple Sclerosis before I was diagnosed, but I wouldn’t have been able to tell you much about it.  I find a lot of people don’t know what it is exactly either and they are hesitant to ask.   Here’s my top basic things about MS that I have learned:

(1) It is not contagious or hereditary.  It is an auto immune disease that affects the CNS (central nervous system- brain and spinal cord)

(2) About 400,00 Americans have MS and 2.5 million world-wide

(3) It is a life long condition with no cure

(4) The symptoms vary and they can come and go

(5) The body, specifically the immune system, gets and incorrect signal that the “sheath” or covering on the nerve cells is a foreign invader.  The body’s own immune system then attacks and creates scars on the nerves- multiple scars.  Over time this slows down messages along the CNS pathway.

(6) MS affects more women than men

(7) MS affects more caucasians than other ethnic groups

(8) There are therapies and drugs designed to reduce the number of episodes

(9) Heat makes the symptoms worse

(10) No one knows how exactly one gets MS

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