Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that affects the communication between the brain to the rest of the body. The disease targets the immune system, damaging the insulation around the nerve cells. With crumbling nerve protection, the central nervous system (CNS) is greatly jeopardized. The CNS is responsible for communication between the brain and the rest of the body, but with damaged protection, the communication is completely derailed.
MS is likely to expose itself through symptoms that are invisible to others; like numbness, pain, extreme fatigue, vision problems and bladder dysfunction. Other symptoms like off-balance and foot-dragging are often mistaken for being clumsy or even drunk.
Many of the symptoms are difficult to predict where, when and the severity of which they will occur. Some report no symptoms for years, others feel something new and painful everyday. While the symptoms truly vary from person to person, it is extremely difficult for doctors to diagnose Multiple Sclerosis correctly. The biggest challenge with this disease is that it is vastly unknown and unpredictable. Not only do researchers and doctors lack the known cause of the disease, but there is no available cure.