Multiple Sclerosis Affects More People Than Most Would Think

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Awareness and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis affects more people than most would think. MS is an unpredictable disease that attacks the central nervous system but it is a difficult disease to diagnose due to multiple unknown factors. Each diagnosed case of MS is unique depending upon factors given by the patient. Understanding the different courses of Multiple Sclerosis, early diagnosis and the treatments of the disease all play an important role in bringing awareness of MS. Learning about Multiple Sclerosis can bring opportunities for patients, family and friends such as planned events like the MS Walk. For now there is no cure but raising awareness is the first step to finding one.

Types of Multiple Sclerosis
There are four different courses of Multiple Sclerosis. First, Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) is the most common form of MS. This type of MS gives the patient periods of remission and times of normalcy rather than feeling the disease at all times. In times of relapse, a patient may feel an electric shock from the neck down. Secondly, Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, (SPMS) is a transformation from RRMS with or without relapses or recovery. The disease progresses more steadily but not necessarily more quickly. In this stage, patients will ultimately have nerve damage or complete loss of a nerve. Thirdly, Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS) is a type of MS where the disease worsens on a steady pattern with little or no…

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