Multiple sclerosis (“MS”) is a disease where the body’s immune system damages the protective covering on nerves (myelin sheath). See diagram. The disease affects the brain’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body. Ultimately, the disease can cause nerve deterioration, which is irreversible. Unfortunately, there is no cure for MS.
Multiple sclerosis in Humira users
Researchers think that genetics and childhood infections may play a role in MS, but the exact cause is unknown. MS is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system actually attacks itself. With MS, the body is attacking the brain and spinal cord. The disease usually presents itself in people between ages 20 and 40, with women being twice as likely as men to develop MS.