Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. MS interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of the disease in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with it. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.
Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with MS. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalMSsociety.org or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS (1-800-344-4867).