Information about MS
If you think you or a loved one may be facing a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, it's helpful to get some basic information on the condition. Multiple sclerosis, also known as MS, is a condition that affects the transmission of nerve impulses in the central nervous system. It often results in a loss of coordination and muscle control, and is the leading cause of disability among young adults.
The majority of people who have MS are mildly affected, but in the worst cases, the disease can render a person unable to write, speak, or walk. Approximately 250,000 to 350,000 people in the United States are currently diagnosed with MS. Although anyone can develop it, the condition tends to occur more frequently in white women in temperate climates.
(Click MS for more information about multiple sclerosis, including details on the four main patterns of the disease.)