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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a silent stalker, robbing you of your vision, movement and spirit. Neurologists at the Geisinger Neurosciences Institute help you take back your life. We believe in a future where patients walk away from MS for good.

Understanding MS

The exact cause of MS is unknown, but it results from damage or inflammation to the protective covering surrounding nerve cells. It can occur anywhere in the brain or spinal cord, and causes a variety of symptoms including tremors, spasms, weakness, fatigue, vision loss, facial pain and more.

  • There's no predicting how, when or who MS will strike.
  • It usually affects women…but men get it, too.
  • Symptoms can last a few days or a few months, and may disappear altogether…but not for long.
  • It can be mild, or it can lead to permanent disability.

MS Statistics

  • MS affects 2.5 million people around the world, with approximately 400,000 in the US.
  • More than twice as many women have MS as men
  • Most people are between 20 and 50 years old when they are diagnosed with MS
  • MS is most prevalent in areas furthest from the equator, mainly northern US, Canada and northern Europe.

Almost any neurological symptom can appear with the disease, and often progresses to physical and cognitive disability. MS has several forms, with new symptoms occurring either in subtle attacks (relapsing forms) or slowly progressing over time. Between attacks, symptoms may go away completely, but permanent neurological problems can occur, especially as the disease advances.

MS is different for everyone. Not only do people have different symptoms, relapses, and progression, but they also have different types of MS.

Geisinger's Neurosciences Institute is constantly doing new research and developing new treatments for MS. We want to help you stay active and enjoy life. If you are living with MS, call 800-275-6401 to make an appointment with a Geisinger neurologist and take the first step to improve your quality of life.

Ask the doctor

If you or a loved one have questions about MS, use our Ask the Doctor form to send them to our team of specialists. Answers to your general questions will be posted on our frequently asked questions page.