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Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Overview

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Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosisMultiple sclerosis is a disease of the brain and spinal cord thought to be caused by an autoimmune reaction. It is characterised by loss of the myelin sheath covering nerves of the central nervous system. This reduces the nerve’s conduction speed and causes various neurological symptoms such as loss of vision, motor weakness, abnormal sensations and pain.

For more information, see Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Video: Multiple sclerosis

Video: multiple sclerosisSome of the major patterns of symptoms aside from weakness and loss of sensation/pain include fatigue, blurred vision and mild pain of the eye, double vision, vertigo, facial numbness, imbalance, tremor, spasticity and mood alteration.

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Spasticity

SpasticitySpasticity, a symptom associated with MS, is a form of muscle overactivity that significantly impedes physical movements or motor functioning. Spasticity seems to have evolved as a protective symptom associated with neurological conditions that effect motor and cerebral functioning.

For more information, see Spasticity.

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Movement disorders
For more information on neurological disorders that affect movement, and their treatments, see Neurological Rehabilitation and Movement Disorders.
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Posted On: 13 January, 2010
Modified On: 30 March, 2017

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