Mobility problems are common among people with multiple sclerosis, but there’s a lot you can do to stay on your feet.
Eighty percent of people who have multiple sclerosis (MS) experience problems with walking within 10 to 15 years of the onset of disease, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). Furthermore, common symptoms of MS, including weakness, poor balance, spasticity, and fatigue, can increase your risk for falls.
However, that doesn’t mean that people who have MS need to give up on being able to get around on their own. Indeed, experts suggest many ways that people with MS can work to maintain their mobility for as long as possible.
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.