March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

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March is the ideal month to spotlight Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a debilitating neurological disease affecting approximately 500,000 Americans.  There is no known cause, and as yet, no cure. However, there are treatments that can slow the progress of the disease and manage the symptoms, and new research is expanding our understanding of this unpredictable illness.

Early onset symptoms indicative of Multiple Sclerosis vary as the central nervous system begins to lose its ability to communicate with other areas in the body, potential symptoms can include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Impaired coordination
  • Double vision
  • Blindness in one eye
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness

Living with MS presents many daily challenges. Many aspects of a person’s life — relationships, education, work, parenting, social activities — can be affected. However, with appropriate symptom management and the ability to adapt, these challenges can be overcome. For more information on multiple sclerosis, treatment options, and support, visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.