What is multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease where the body’s immune system attacks nerve coverings, causing damage and disrupting the signals between nerves and the brain. Nearly 1 million people in the U.S. have multiple sclerosis.
Signs of multiple sclerosis
Common signs of multiple sclerosis include vision problems, muscle spasms or weakness, dizziness, unexplained fatigue, clumsiness, mood changes, decrease in mental function, numbness, tingling, or pain in the face, arms, legs, or torso.
Preventing multiple sclerosis
Fortunately, the risk of developing multiple sclerosis is less than .5%, 3-4% if you have a relative with the disease. You can lower your risk of multiple sclerosis by getting enough vitamin D, not smoking, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and being active.
Treatment and recovery from multiple sclerosis
Depending on the damage, full or partial recovery is possible with physical therapy and other treatments. If you or a loved one are struggling with multiple sclerosis, or have symptoms related to multiple sclerosis, we’re here to help.