What is MS?!?

May is MS Awareness Month!Perhaps this is the time to say – do you know what MS is? I know a lot of you know all too personally, but here’s the very basics.

MS is Multiple Sclerosis, which means multiple lesions or scars on the central nervous system (CNS) which is the brain and the spinal cord. The scars are on the myelin, a fatty sheath that covers along the length of the nerves. Very simply, think of the pvc insulation on an electric cable. If the myelin is gone, the nerve signals cannot pass properly. If the nerve signals don’t go through or don’t go smoothly, then wherever the signal was going to is affected. Hence, MS can affect anywhere in the body. 

 

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