Patient discussion about multiple sclerosis
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Q. does multiple sclerosis cause mood swings
seem like i have changed. I 've become very irritable towards my family. Seems like I've become a mean person, and that has not my charactor.
|A||MS can indeed cause depression or other mood changes such as euphoria, so it may be part of the disease. In addition, some treatments may also cause mood changes. If it bothers you, than consulting your doctor may be wise.|
Q. What is MS?
I am 14 years old and my best friend has been diagnosed with MS. What is it? What causes it? Can I catch it?
|A1||Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the central nervous system (CNS), causing demyelination (loss of myelin). The myelin sheath helps the neurons (nerves) carry electrical signals. When having MS there is a thinning or complete loss of myelin and, sometimes, the cutting of the neuron's extensions or axons. When the myelin is lost, the neurons can no longer effectively conduct their electrical signals. It may cause numerous physical and mental symptoms. MS is not contagious and does not shorten the life expectancy of those who are diagnosed with the disease. Although the disease may not be cured or prevented at this time, treatments are available to reduce severity and delay progression.|
|A2||I found a great animated movie that explains all about MS and what causes it. MS is not contagious. Here is a link to the movie:|
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