MONTHLY HEALTH AWARENESS
sclerosis (MS) is the most common autoimmune disorder affecting the central nervous system. MS is a disease
in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the
ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes
Specific symptoms can include double vision, blindness in one eye, muscle weakness, trouble
with sensation, or trouble with
coordination. MS takes several forms, with new symptoms either occurring in
isolated attacks (relapsing forms) or building up over time (progressive
forms).Between attacks, symptoms may disappear completely; however, permanent
neurological problems often remain, especially as the disease advances.
While the cause
is not clear, the underlying mechanism is thought to be either destruction by the immune system or failure of
the myelin-producing cells.
Proposed causes for this include genetics and environmental factors such as being
triggered by a viral infection. The
disease usually begins between the ages of 20 and 50 and is twice as common in
women as in men.
MS is usually diagnosed
based on the presenting signs and symptoms and the results of supporting
medical tests. There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis. Treatments
attempt to improve function after an attack and prevent new attacks.
Medications used to treat MS, while modestly effective, can have side effects
and be poorly tolerated. Physical therapy can help with people's ability to function. Many people pursue alternative treatments, despite a lack of evidence.
In general there
is no way to prevent MS. or people with relapsing-remitting MS and secondary progressive MS, treatment with
medicine may reduce the frequency of relapses and delay disability.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prosperth.”
Pastor Parnell Smith Sr.
Co- Chairs: Sis Gnae Swann
: Sis Tamika Williams
: Jr. Assistant Jarien Butler