What You Need to Know
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is considered an autoimmune condition because the body is attacking itself, targeting the protective coating (called myelin) around nerve fibers. As the damage worsens, communication between the brain and the rest of the body is disrupted, which can cause vision problems, muscle weakness and other symptoms. There are four types of MS, but it’s easiest to think of two main categories. In one, symptoms remit, or clear up (partially or completely), for long periods of time; in the other, symptoms progressively worsen.Learn more
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How does multiple sclerosis (MS) affect the body?
In people with multiple sclerosis (MS) the body's immune system causes inflammatory reactions in the brain, spinal cord and/or optic nerve. MS is a neuroimmunological disease. People with . . .
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