It's coming in like a lion, too, with fatigue, muscle spasms, and decreased mobility.
If you don't know what MS is....here is the Reader's Digest version.
MS=Multiple Sclerosis. There are several different forms...Primary Progressive, Secondary Progressive, Relapsing/Remitting.
MS is an autoimmune disease....
It isn't "caught" like you catch colds or flu...it isn't from a bacteria or a virus, it isn't communicable.
I will use me as an example....
My body is attacking itself. I have rogue T-cells and B-cells that see perfectly healthy tissue and nerves as foreign bodies. They eat the myelin sheath off of the nerves, leaving them exposed. It would be like cutting the plastic coating off of a wire and expecting it to work without shorting out. It doesn't happen. Once that myelin is eaten away, the nerves are damaged. There is a chink in the chain of command from the brain to the damaged nerve. The brain tells the foot to move and it doesn't understand its instruction.
The main evidence of this is seen in MRI images of the spinal cord and brain. Lesions appear. If they are active, they glow when enhanced by a radioactive serum injected into you while the tests are done. If they are not active, they show scarring...meaning damage has been done but there is nothing current to worry about.
Flare ups, or exacerbations, are brought on by stress, temperature change of even one degree or less either direction, lack of sleep, poor diet, or viruses and colds.
MS takes many things from a healthy person...the ability to walk, the ability to see, the ability to speak, the ability to enjoy life. MS patients have to time and again find their "new normal." I've had to several times since 2003, when my diagnosis was given to me.
I challenge you to go to the National MS Society website, or to wikipedia or to Mayo Clinic websites....learn something new about MS and other neurological autoimmune disorders.
MS is not Muscular Dystrophy. MS affects the neurological system of the body. Muscular Dystrophy is a dystrophic disease that attacks the muscles of the body.
With knowledge we have power to one day squash this disease like a bug...and with it many others.
Thank you for researching this for yourselves. I know some of you will and some won't. I can guarantee, you, though, that one, if not all, knows someone who is suffering with MS, MD, Lupis, fibromyalgia, or a list of other neurological disorders.