From Running to Walking to Rolling, MS Is a Lifetime of Adaptations
By Mona Sen For My Health Story
Like so many others with MS, I’ve done what I needed to do to stay mobile over the years.
Now I know why they say life with multiple sclerosis (MS) is a journey. I like to think of my 35-year journey as one with phases, which I can easily chart out. I see the following phases as milestone years: years 1 through 7, and years 31 to 35. Just writing down these years brings a movie-like flash before my eyes of what I went through during those times. Of course, I have aged during that time, but it would be interesting to compare the two times of my life.
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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.