What is Multiple Sclerosis?

MS Thought to be an Autoimmune Disease

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune disease. It occurs when the body’s own defense system attacks myelin protecting the nerve fibers of the central nervous system. Any time part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged, nerve impulses traveling between the brain are interrupted, causing the variety of symptoms associated with MS.

The cause of MS is still unknown, but some scientists believe the disease is triggered by a unidentifiable environmental factor in a person genetically susceptible to respond.

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