Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that affects your brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. It occurs when your immune system attacks a fatty substance around your nerves called myelin, damaging your nerves’ ability to transmit electrical signals.
Many people with MS can drive normally, but others may need adaptive equipment. Some people with multiple sclerosis may have to stop driving altogether for safety concerns. The best way to find out if it’s safe for you to drive is to get evaluated by a driving rehabilitation specialist.
In this article, we examine some of the ways MS can affect driving, how to get evaluated, and what modifications can be made to your car.
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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.