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Commonly referred to as MS, multiple sclerosis is the leading cause of disability among young adults. It affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and typically first appears between the ages of 20 and 40. MS affects women twice as often as men.
 
Common symptoms include:
 
  • Numbness, weakness, tingling, or paralysis in one or more limbs
  • Tremor
  • Lack of coordination or unsteady gait.
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In severe cases, a person with MS may lose the ability to speak, write, or walk.
 
(To read the full overview article, click MS. This article tells you what you need to know about prognosis, other symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, and more.)
 

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