Why MS? Doctors explain symptoms & conditions

Now: MS affects the brain & spinal cord. Your immune system doesn't recognise myelin. 

The fatty white layer covering brain & spinal cord nerve fibres, as part of your body. 

White blood cells attack myelin as an invader. As myelin is destroyed, brain-to-body communication declines. 

Multiple sclerosis affects nearly 2.8 million people, up 30% from 2013. 

Every country has seen growth, & it's expected to continue. MS can occur at any age & has many causes. 

Here are the causes, symptoms, & when to see a doctor. 

Multiple sclerosis specialist Mary Ann Picone, M.D., says no two cases are alike. 

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