Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, sometimes causing severe disabilities to the central nervous system. When people have
MS, their immune systems attack the protective sheaths that cover the nerve fibers. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society explains that this can cause nerve
impulses that travel to and from the brain and spinal cord to be distorted or interrupted.
When these impulses are distorted, or blocked, even temporarily, this causes a wide variety of symptoms. These signs and symptoms vary widely depending on the
amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some people have long periods of remission without any symptoms, while
others lose their ability to walk. There is no cure for this potentially debilitating disease, but there are ways to manage it.