What Is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, neurological disease. It is thought to be an autoimmune disease, which means the immune system attacks healthy areas of the body. In MS, these attacks are aimed at the central nervous system.
The central nervous system is made up of nerves covered by a substance called myelin. Myelin is similar to insulation protecting electrical wires because it surrounds and protects nerve fibers. In MS, attacks are random patches of inflammation that occur sporadically in the brain and/or spinal cord, causing a breakdown of this myelin sheath, a process called demyelination that results in plaques or lesions along the myelin sheath that interfere with nerve conduction.
There currently is no cure for MS, but in the last decade there have been treatments discovered for relapsing-remitting MS, the most common type. A good diet, rest, exercise, and drug therapy are all important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle with MS. Check back here for regular tips, info, and video/audio clips of Clay Walker discussing how he incorporates those elements into his lifestyle.
Living With MS
Whether you just received a diagnosis of MS or have been living with it for a long time—this section from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is filled with information and tips on how to maintain your quality of life in the years ahead. Read about strategies to enhance your health and wellness, maximize your productivity and independence, and deal with emotional, social, and vocational challenges.
Support For The journey
All volunteers who manage the MSWorld website are living with MS, being diagnosed or a caregiver. We understand what it means to live with this disease and are here to support you in any way we can.
MSWorld is unique because it has been a Patients Helping Patients organization from its inception in 1996. We are committed to helping people out of isolation because we believe that knowledge is power and peer support invaluable.
We strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment by maintaining a G-rated site and offering the latest information and referrals for you. We hope you enjoy being a part of this vital community.