- On Doc’s Mind
Over the years with the assistance of various public health initiatives led by various NGOs there has been an increased awareness and detection rate of Multiple Sclerosis in the Caribbean.
MS is a demyelinating illness, that is, the immune system attacks the myelin sheets which act as a protective coating around nerve fibres in the Central Nervous System (CNS) which consists of the Brain, Spinal Cord and Optic Nerves.
MS is quite diverse in its presentation with some patients having mild symptoms while some others having debilitating symptoms such as paralysis/visual loss and difficulties in coordination. It is the most common central nervous system autoimmune condition in patients aged 20-40 years.
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