This week is National MS Awareness Week, and people everywhere are working to find a cure, and make Multiple Sclerosis a disease of the past.
During this special week, people everywhere are asked to wear orange, and take action by helping others learn more about MS, and what they can do to make a difference. MS is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, resulting in loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and more. With MS, the nerves of the brain and spinal cord are damaged by your immune system, by mistakenly attacking normal healthy tissues.
"It actually causes various neurologic symptoms. It can produce vision abnormalities, changes in sensation so people can get either numbness or tingling, usually in their lower extremities," said Dr. Kristen Moore, M.D., Internal Medicine and Pediatrician Specialist with the United Hospital Center and Premier Medical Group.
Members of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society say that helping others better understand this complex and unpredictable disease is a critical part of creating awareness and understanding about MS.