Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.
Source: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Key Point 1
The progress, severity and specific symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) vary from patient to patient and can not be predicted. Many forms of MS are highly treatable.
Key Point 2
Research and clinical experience are incrementally making treatments for multiple sclerosis more successful, giving individuals a longer quality of life. There is hope.
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There are a very large number of organizations dedicated to helping people with Multiple Sclerosis and their families and friends. This is only a partial list.
The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing MS by determining the cause of MS.
A service of National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) which conducts and supports basic and clinical research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health.
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. “MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.”
The mission of NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease - a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.