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What happens when you have multiple sclerosis?

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When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), your immune system attacks your central nervous system, affecting your brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms can vary, and come and go, making it sometimes hard to diagnose. You could have one symptom, and then months or years later have a completely different one, not realizing the two are related. In one study, people went an average of seven years between their first MS symptom and their diagnosis.

So, learn the common early symptoms of MS. It may help you get diagnosed and treated quicker.

SOURCES:

National MS Society: “What is multiple sclerosis?;” “Symptoms;” “Diagnosing MS;” “Optic neuritis;” and “Diagnosing MS.”

Marrie, R.A. Neurology, Jan. 2009.

Goldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th edition, 2012

UptoDate: “Epidemiology and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in adults.”

Miller, D.H. TheLancet Neurology, February 2012.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 23, 2020

SOURCES:

National MS Society: “What is multiple sclerosis?;” “Symptoms;” “Diagnosing MS;” “Optic neuritis;” and “Diagnosing MS.”

Marrie, R.A. Neurology, Jan. 2009.

Goldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th edition, 2012

UptoDate: “Epidemiology and clinical features of multiple sclerosis in adults.”

Miller, D.H. TheLancet Neurology, February 2012.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 23, 2020

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