I’m excited to say that I’ve been asked by the MS Society of Ireland (MS Ireland) to host a web series we’re calling The Unspeakable Bits, as we’ve decided to talk about the multiple sclerosis topics that just don’t seem to get talked about.
We released the first of these video chats — about MS and sex — last month.
Due to the need to fit into the organization’s annual meeting, this first episode was a prerecorded video and only 30 minutes in length. The hope and plan are for hourlong video webcasts with interactive capabilities, so that those attending live will be able to submit questions to our panel of experts.
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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.