Multiple Sclerosis Basics

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).

Although it is considered a relatively rare disease, MS is of particular interest recently due to new and emerging therapies to manage the disease. There is increasing urgency around this illness because it strikes people, predominantly women, in the prime of their lives and causes significant morbidity for many years. The chronic nature of most types of MS requires a multidisciplinary approach that includes healthcare providers, social workers, and community support to deal with the myriad issues that stem from the presence a potentially debilitating illness in a young population.

Multiple Sclerosis Resources

The Facts About MS

Multiple sclerosis impacts up to 400,000 people in the U.S. Learn more about this neurological disorder and how it affect's the body.

Symptoms of MS

The most common symptoms of MS are fatigue, elimination dysfunction, weakness, and cognitive changes. See how else this disease manifests in the body.

MS: The Words You Should Know

Interact with the words on this heart illustration to decode lingo patients sometimes use to describe their symptoms.

What Causes MS?

Multiple sclerosis is characterized by damage to the myelin sheath, the covering of nerves of central nervous system. This affects the brain, vision, and spinal cord.

Know Your Risks for MS

Some people are at greater risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Learn the risk factors and what you can do about them.

Tests and Diagnosis

Although there is no single test that can diagnose multiple sclerosis with 100-percent accuracy, these are the tests that can help diagnose MS.

Complications of MS

MS affects a person more than just physical symptoms. It can have a profound effect on their lives.


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