Understanding Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is a degenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). A fatty substance known as myelin coats the nerve fibers of the central nervous system in order to provide protection and insulation. Multiple sclerosis is a condition in which myelin is damaged in multiple areas, leaving scar tissue known as scleroses. This disrupts the nerves’ ability to send messages to and from the brain. In some cases, the nerve fibers may be damaged or broken.
The symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis occur episodically and gradually worsen as neurological function progressively deteriorates. Relapses in symptoms usually occur without warning or triggering factors.