Many people with MS experience fatigue and mobility issues, but there are other, less common symptoms.
When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), damage to the nerve fibers in the central nervous system (and the myelin coating around them) causes the signals between your brain, spinal cord, and the rest of your body go awry, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). This interference in the transmission of nerve signals is what causes the symptoms of MS.
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By Beth W. Orenstein Medically Reviewed by Jason Paul Chua, MD, PhD Last Updated: May 10, 2021
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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.