Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous-system disease that affects your brain and spinal cord. It damages the myelin sheath, the material that surrounds and protects your nerve cells. This damage slows down or blocks messages between your brain and your body, leading to the symptoms of MS. They can include
No one knows what causes MS. It may be an autoimmune disease, which happens when your body attacks itself. Multiple sclerosis affects women more than men. It often begins between the ages of 20 and 40. Usually, the disease is mild, but some people lose the ability to write, speak or walk. There is no cure for MS, but medicines may slow it down and help control symptoms. Physical and occupational therapy may also help.
- Visual disturbances
- Muscle weakness
- Trouble with coordination and balance
- Sensations such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles"
- Thinking and memory problems
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- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- This website is geared to those with multiple sclerosis and those whose loved ones have it. The site includes information about the disease itself; living with the disease and each stage; current research; connections with others affected by MS through an online community; donors and volunteers; news and a multimedia library; government affairs and advocacy; programs and services; events; and more. The site is available in Spanish and provides contact information for the Fort Collins chapter of the National MS Society and a call center in Denver.
- Mayo Clinic
- This website provides information about multiple sclerosis tests and diagnosis, symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, lifestyle and home remedies, coping and support. It also has an Expert Answers page for questions about MS and its treatment and symptoms, and links to resources for those with MS.
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s website offers pages dedicated to multiple sclerosis, its treatment, prognosis, research, clinical trials, and publications about MS in Spanish. It also provides a comprehensive list of organizations dedicated to MS and/or debilitating disorders including MS.
- Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
- This website provides a broad range of information, including symptoms, treatment, research, info for newly diagnosed, clinical trials, and information about MS in Spanish.
- Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides counseling, peer support, support groups, information and referrals, limited financial assistance, exercise classes, and support groups in Loveland and Fort Collins.
- Poudre River Public Library District
- Search the library collection for books about multiple sclerosis, or use the library's health, science and technology databases.
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