Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disease in which a protective sheath called myelin gets damaged by your body’s immune system. This damages your nerves and causes interference in the communication of your body, spinal cord and brain, leading to a variety of bodily problems.
There are considerable though inconsistent early symptoms of MS, making MS difficult to diagnose. Symptoms differ depending on the extent of nerve damage. In worst case scenarios, people may lose the ability to properly walk, speak or write. In milder cases the symptoms involve problems with memory and thinking, weakness in muscles, balance and coordination problems, bowel and bladder issues, numbness or prickling sensations, loss of sexual feelings or ability, blurry vision, eye pain, spasms, and/or depression. Someone with MS may not experience all these symptoms. For example if the disease primarily affects your eye you may experience color blindness but maybe not muscle fatigue.
The disease generally affects people between the ages of 20 and 40. It is at least twice as common in women compared to men. The exact cause(s) of Multiple Sclerosis is unknown. Research on the disease has risen in the last decade since famous people with Multiple Sclerosis increased its publicity.
The list of famous people with Multiple Sclerosis is increasing. Some prominent names with the disease are Jack Joseph Osbourne, who was diagnosed last year aged just 26, Ann Romney (wife of Mitt Romney) who was diagnosed in 1998 and still managed the birth of 5 children, entertainer Alan Osmond and his son David, recently deceased Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr, American actress and singer Annette Funicello, celebrity Montel Williams, J. K. Rowling’s mother Anne Rowling, actor Michaele Salahi and former vocalist Exene Cervenka.
The disease is not curable as yet so the treatments for MS and their relative success. Jack Ousbourne, for example, plans to use holistic treatments and medications. Some medications like Tysabri reduces MS attacks while and Solu-Medrol help contain inflammation from MS attacks. For treating symptoms, different strategies like stretching exercises and using muscle relaxants (e.g. Lioresal) may be effective.
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the nervous system. Thought not common, there are some people, including famous people with Multiple Sclerosis.
- Famous People with Multiple Sclerosis
- Early Symptoms of MS
- Is MS Hereditary
- MS Symptoms