Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects your central nervous system. The immune system of someone with MS attacks the brain and spinal cord, which can cause problems with muscle control, vision and balance. Right now, there is no known cure for MS. People with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis will have symptoms come and go over time. However, Dr Lane Sebring says, they may have periods where they are symptom free for years before their symptoms return again.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS).
MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). The immune system attacks and destroys myelin, which is a fatty tissue that covers and protects nerve fibers in your brain and spinal cord. Without myelin, these nerves can’t communicate effectively with other parts of your body, causing symptoms like numbness, tingling or weakness in limbs; loss of balance; poor coordination; bladder problems; vision problems such as double vision or blurred vision; cognitive issues like memory loss or trouble concentrating.
MS is actually a group of diseases that all produce the same symptoms.
MS is actually a group of diseases that all produce the same symptoms. MS is an autoimmune disorder, which means that it occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. The central nervous system (CNS) includes the brain and spinal cord; this is where MS causes most of its damage.
Once you have MS, your body’s immune system may attack any part of your body.
If you have MS, your body’s immune system may attack any part of your body. This is called an autoimmune reaction. In people with multiple sclerosis (MS), the immune system mistakenly believes that certain parts of the brain and spinal cord are foreign invaders and tries to destroy them.
MS is not contagious or fatal; however, it can be disabling if left untreated.
Symptoms of MS include fatigue, muscle weakness, numbness/tingling in hands and feet, loss of balance or coordination and vision problems such as blurred or double vision.
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness/tingling in hands and feet
Although there isn’t one known cause for multiple sclerosis, we do know what happens when your immune system attacks your central nervous system
Although there isn’t one known cause for multiple sclerosis, we do know what happens when your immune system attacks the central nervous system.
The immune system is designed to protect the body from harmful substances and bacteria by producing antibodies that fight off infections. But in people with multiple sclerosis, it appears that this same defense mechanism doesn’t work properly: The body’s own immune cells attack healthy brain cells by mistake or they become overactive because of some unknown reason–and this leads to inflammation within the brain (a normal response).
Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease that affects the central nervous system. It is not known what causes MS, but researchers believe it may be caused by an autoimmune reaction in which your body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. If you are diagnosed with MS, there are many treatments available for managing symptoms and helping you live with this condition as best as possible.