Please Sponsor OUR Fight Against Multiple Sclerosis with the MS-Walk 2012 and OD'S Roadies

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Did you know that 200 new cases of MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS are diagnosed each week?
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).

Please support our national team, OD'S ROADIES here: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/NJMWalkEvents?px=1920376&...

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects women more than men. The disorder is most commonly diagnosed between ages 20 and 40, but can be seen at any age.

MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells. When this nerve covering is damaged, nerve signals slow down or stop.

The nerve damage is caused by inflammation. Inflammation occurs when the body's own immune cells attack the nervous system. This can occur along any area of the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord.

It is unknown what exactly causes this to happen. The most common thought is that a virus or gene defect, or both, are to blame. Environmental factors may play a role.

You are slightly more likely to get this condition if you have a family history of MS or live in an part of the world where MS is more common.
Symptoms

Symptoms vary, because the location and severity of each attack can be different. Episodes can last for days, weeks, or months. These episodes alternate with periods of reduced or no symptoms (remissions).

Fever, hot baths, sun exposure, and stress can trigger or worsen attacks.

It is common for the disease to return (relapse). However, the disease may continue to get worse without periods of remission.

Because nerves in any part of the brain or spinal cord may be damaged, patients with multiple sclerosis can have symptoms in many parts of the body.

On Sunday, April 15th in JERSEY CITY, NJ, we walk for our friends, family and everyone else who suffers with MS every day.

Please support our national team, OD'S ROADIES here: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Walk/NJMWalkEvents?px=1920376&...

Multiple Sclerosis 2012 sponsored by Grapplers Quest and Brian Cimins