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WHO CARES: Chronic Illness in America
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Multiple Sclerosis

Description: Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disease that damages the myelin sheath that coats nerve cells, which impairs their communication.

Symptoms: Many people with MS have problems with spasticity in the lower limbs, either as a sustained stiffness or as spasms that come and go, especially at night. Pain, weakness, fatigue and loss of coordination are also characteristic of MS.

Number of Americans diagnosed: Approximately 300,000 Americans have MS.

Long-term problems/treatments: As MS progresses, some patients develop bladder malfunctions, most commonly affecting urinary frequency, urgency, or incontinence. Physical therapy and exercise can help preserve remaining muscle function, and various aids such as foot braces, canes, and walkers can help patients remain independent and mobile. Though rarely fatal, MS is often progressive. There have been recent advances in treatment that can slow the progression of the disease but there is as yet no cure for MS.
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