March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. During the month, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America will be highlighting programs designed to expand our knowledge, understanding, and support of people who have MS or whose life are impacted by others with MS.
You may want to watch an education video here.
You may want to add an app to your phone with My MS Manager.
You may want to look up MS treatments at S.E.A.R.C.H.™ program.
You may want to go to an MSAA’s educational event. You can find what is in your area here: calendar of events.
You may want to volunteer. From Memorial Weekend through Labor Day you can pick a date to host a pool party and raise awareness of MS at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.msassociation.org/swimforms
You can be part of the community by receiving e-mail updates here: Sign up to receive periodic email updates, become a fan of MSAA on Facebook, and follow MSAA on Twitter.
“MS is the most common neurological disorder diagnosed in young adults; multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. This disorder damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin) surrounding the nerves, causing reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. Common symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty with balance and coordination, and various levels of impaired mobility. MS is not contagious or fatal.”
SOURCE Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
Like other autoimmune diseases the cause has been unknown; however, researchers say they now have evidence that multiple sclerosis doesn’t start with myelin damage. A new study on mice show that demylelinization is a result of the disease and not how MS starts.
The researchers were able to damage the myelin in the mice without changing their immune system. This is really interesting. In fact the researches tried but could not find symptoms of MS in the mice. The experiment failed, because no matter how strongly the researchers stimulated the immune system, they were unable to detect symptoms of multiple sclerosis. What the findings mean for the future, only the future will tell us; however, from this study we see that our immune systems are attacked first leading to MS. This may be scary to those of us with autoimmune diseases. We are already at risk for others. Knowing that the autoimmune part comes before the myelin damage is something we should make sure our doctors know.