Common Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis: Stay Aware

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that has a wide range of symptoms, from numbness of the arms and legs, to paralysis, even diminished brain function. This slideshow is meant to help you become more aware of signs and symptoms of MS.

Review Date: 
November 20, 2013

Last Updated:
February 24, 2014

More About Multiple Sclerosis

It is estimated that up to 400,000 people in the United States suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS). It is caused by autoimmune destruction of the fatty layer of insulation (myelin sheath) around the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in the slowing or stopping of nerve signals along the affected nerves.

There is no defined cause of MS, as genetic, environmental, and viral causes have all been considered. Most commonly, the disease follows a 'relapsing-remitting' course, meaning patients will have acute 'flare-ups' or attacks, then periods of quiet remission. Almost every neurological system can be affected.