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What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

Multiple Sclerosis is the most common, non traumatic disease of the central nervous system, which is composed of the brain and spinal cord.  

It is regarded as an autoimmune disease, which means that the immune system cannot distinguish its own cells from foreign cells and therefore attacks and destroys its own tissues.

MS is a chronic condition that usually follows a course of intermittent attacks which, as a consequence, can affect and impair several neurological functions.

Not all people with MS have the same symptoms. They vary from person to person. Common symptoms include, vision problems, fatigue, muscle weakness and tingling/numbness.

If you are suffering from the above symptoms, consult your doctor to get an thorough medical examination, and to  ensure an accurate diagnosis. This excludes the possibility of other conditions being responsible for any symptoms present.

If you do have MS, your doctor will discuss the treatment options available to you.

Visit our Multiple Sclerosis Quick Guide for more detailed information on MS and who to contact for support.

Last Updated 09-09-2009