Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, better known as MS, affects more than 1 million adults in the United States. It is an autoimmune disease that’s caused when the body attacks its own tissues. More specifically, the immune system attacks and wears down myelin in the nerves. Myelin is a protective coating that protects your nerve fibers from damage.

If this is damaged or worn away, then your nerves will have trouble sending signals from your brain to your body and vice-versa. Over time, this disease can cause permanent damage to your brain or body.

Four types of MS are known to exist. The most common type is relapsing-remitting MS(RRMS). As the name implies, symptoms tend to come and go. During remission phases, the disease isn’t progressing.

Many RRMS patients will see their MS progress into secondary progressive MS(SPMS). Here, the disease is now progressing and causing increasingly debilitating symptoms that can seriously affect your life. If you’re seeing symptom progression from the start, that’s a sign of primary progressive MS(PPMS).