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Multiple Sclerosis Ryan Wisneski Ms. Susanne Wood HSC1100 Thursday March 19, 2009 Tallahassee Community College Multiple Sclerosis
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Multiple Sclerosis, most commonly referred to as MS, is a disease that affects the spinal cord and brain by damaging the central nervous system. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune condition that occurs when one’s immune system attacks its own body. Multiple Sclerosis is estimated by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to affect over 400,000 Americans and is the most common cause of neurological disability in early and middle adulthood. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis and although scientists are constantly researching the subject and attempting to come up with the ultimate cure, as of now, only treatments to the disease have been found. Not knowing a considerable amount about Multiple Sclerosis, I saw this assignment as an excellent opportunity to broaden my knowledge on health and medicine. Multiple Sclerosis is known as an autoimmune disease that causes demyelination, a process in which the insulation around the nerves, known as the myelin, is attacked and broken down. The demyelination is the immune system, which normally helps in identifying and destroying matter foreign to the human body, such as bacterial substances, will wrongfully attack healthy, normal tissue. Depending on the location of the nerves that are being attacked, the symptoms may vary, causing the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis to become increasingly difficult. If demyelination is occurring in the nerves responsible for sending messages to the muscle, the victim will have problems with their movement. If it occurs in nerves that are sending messages to the brain, however, the symptoms will be present in the person’s sensations. The most difficult part regarding the original diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is the fact that there is no specific test to positively identify a person with MS and the symptoms of the patients are continuously varying.
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MS 3 Symptoms for the early onset of multiple sclerosis may include some of the following: tingling, numbness, weakness in limbs, loss of balance, and blurred vision.
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2011 for the course HSC 1100 taught by Professor Wood during the Spring '09 term at Tallahassee Community College.

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