Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which comprises the brain and spinal cord. It can cause transient or permanent neurological symptoms, including numbness, tingling, weakness or clumsiness, and problems with vision, balance, walking and memory.
MS affects more than 400,000 people in the United States. It most often begins in adults between the ages of 20 and 40. It happens in women more often than men. It also is more likely to occur if a person has a family history of MS. Smoking does not cause MS, but can make it worse.
The cause of MS is unknown, but most research suggests that MS is an immune-mediated disease. This means the body’s immune system is activated by some unknown agent that leads it to attack and destroy myelin by mistake. Several therapies can slow down the progression of the disease.
One of the UC Waddell Center’s primary objectives is to help patients and their caregivers, families and friends better understand the nature of MS, how it affects people and what can be done about it. Learn more about available treatment and services or how you can participate in one of our clinical trials. To make an appointment with one of our physicians, call (513) 475-8730.