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What happens to your body when you have primary progressive multiple sclerosis?

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In primary progressive multiple sclerosis, there is little inflammation. Instead, nerve damage is the main problem. It keeps nerves from sending and receiving signals to each other very well. This causes MS symptoms. Eventually, plaques of scar tissue or lesions can form along the damaged nerves in the brain and spinal cord.

SOURCES:

United Spinal Association: "Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Differences."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about primary progressive MS."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Primary progressive multiple sclerosis: What you need to know."

Holland, N. , 2011. International Journal of MS Care

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

Up-To-Date: "Treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis in adults."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on April 5, 2020

SOURCES:

United Spinal Association: "Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Differences."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about primary progressive MS."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Primary progressive multiple sclerosis: What you need to know."

Holland, N. , 2011. International Journal of MS Care

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

Up-To-Date: "Treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis in adults."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on April 5, 2020

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