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Does multiple sclerosis affect other parts of the body besides the nerves?

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Unlike ALS, which affects only nerves involved in movement, MS can also affect your:

  • Senses -- taste, smell, touch, sight
  • Bladder control
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Sensitivity to temperature

SOURCES:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada: “ALS, MS, and MD Fact Sheet.”

The ALS Association: “Ask the Doc: Q & A with Edward Kasarskis, MD, PhD.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,” “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation: “What is MS?”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “MS Symptoms,” “Summarizing Epidemiological Estimates,” “Estimating the Prevalence of MS,” “What Causes MS?”

Center for Diseases Control: “Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - United States, 2010-2011.”

National MS Society: "MS the Disease."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada: “ALS, MS, and MD Fact Sheet.”

The ALS Association: “Ask the Doc: Q & A with Edward Kasarskis, MD, PhD.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,” “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation: “What is MS?”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Fact Sheet.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “MS Symptoms,” “Summarizing Epidemiological Estimates,” “Estimating the Prevalence of MS,” “What Causes MS?”

Center for Diseases Control: “Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - United States, 2010-2011.”

National MS Society: "MS the Disease."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on November 19, 2019

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