Chronic Disease Series: Multiple Sclerosis
More than 2.3 million people across the planet are living with Multiple Sclerosis. Each month we explore a different chronic disease as part of our mission of promoting health knowledge. This month, we’re answering some of the questions you might have about this disease with the help of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?
Although the cause of MS is uncertain, researchers believe that it relates to an intersection of several factors:
- Genetic: Having a parent or sibling with MS significantly increases your chances of getting the disease.
- Environmental: Generally, MS occurs in populations of countries further away from the equator.
- Immunologic: Immune cells attack the nerve cells and myelin coating in the central nervous system. This triggers MS symptoms.
- Infectious: Diseases or infections experienced during childhood could trigger MS.
Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
Every patient experiences MS differently. In addition, symptoms have been known to change over time. A few common symptoms are:
- Fatigue: 80% of MS patients experience debilitating exhaustion
- Vision Loss: This is one of the most common initial symptoms
- Spasms: Muscle spasms, most frequently in the legs
- Numbness: Often occurs in the face, arms, and legs
- Cognitive Changes: 50% of patients experience significant impact to their brain function
Is There a Cure to Multiple Sclerosis?
Although scientists have not yet discovered a cure, multiple sclerosis is treatable with proper attention and care.
Living with Multiple Sclerosis
Most symptoms of MS can be treated with medication and comprehensive care. Modifying agents, such as Aubagio or Tysabri, slow the progression of the illness. Specific symptoms of MS are typically treated individually.
Simplefill provides prescription assistance to patients who need help accessing the care they need. If you’re living with MS, we can help make life more manageable by streamlining your prescription medications. See if you’re eligible for our program today.
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