What is Multiple Sclerosis?

March 2020 Health Observance: Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness

March is Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness Month! The week of March 8 – 14 serves as the week focused on providing awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). There are about 100 million people in the United States living with MS. By sharing their stories, we help people better understand life with MS and become inspired to do whatever it takes to change the world for people living with MS. This week helps to spread awareness of this disease and educate those who have not heard about or have been directly affected by MS.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that affects the central nervous systems (CNS), which includes the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. The immune system attacks the protective layer around the nerve fibers in the CNS, called myelin. This attack on the myelin results in damaging lesions within the CNS disrupting the flow of information between the brain and body. This ‘communication breakdown’ can lead to both cognitive and physical changes.

What are the symptoms of MS?

MS causes many different symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination. These symptoms often affect movement due to numbness or weakness in one or more limbs, tremors, and unsteady gait.

TIND MS Specialists

At Texas Institute for Neurological Disorders, Bharathy Sundaram MD is a Multiple Sclerosis Specialist and the Director of the MS Clinic. She sees patients at our Frisco, McKinney, Sherman, and Denison clinics. She actively participates in Phase III and IV clinical trials involving MS, Headaches, Parkinson’s Disease and Spasticity for patients. Dr. B Sundaram has received several accolades for her work with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – LoneStar Chapter including National Breakthrough Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2019. Call our office at 844-754-8463 to schedule an appointment with our MS specialists. Learn more about the TIND Providers and conditions they treat on our provider page.