Multiple sclerosis occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks its own nerve tissues. This self-destructive malfunction destroys the myelin sheath that protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. When this sheath is damaged (and sometimes the nerve as well), the messages that travel along the nerve fibers are disrupted. Without the messages being sent properly, the body isn’t able to function as it’s expected.
Multiple sclerosis symptoms differ from person to person, dependent on where nerve fibers are affected. Symptoms include:
- Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs
- Tingling or pain
- Vision complications – loss of vision (partial or complete), eye pain, or double vision
- Lack of coordination
- Bladder function difficulty