Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disease that
involves the central nervous system—specifically the brain, spinal cord, and
optic nerves. Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis is a form of MS in which
symptoms randomly flare up (relapse) and then improve or fade
This relapsing-remitting pattern emerges with the onset of the
disease and may last for many years. MS can cause problems with muscle control
and strength, vision, balance, sensation, and mental functions.
The disease does not advance during the remissions. But loss of
nerve function that can occur during relapses may be permanent. After repeated
relapse episodes, the loss of nerve function may cause symptoms that do
There is no cure for MS, but medicines can reduce the number,
frequency, and severity of relapses and may slow the progression of the
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology
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