Welcome to the MS Lone Star Chapter

The MS Walk
The MS Walk is a fun way to get involved and make a difference in the lives of those who live with the daily challenges that multiple sclerosis presents. Click here for more information.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. The symptoms include blurred or double vision, numbness or tingling in the limbs and can become as severe as paralysis and total loss of vision. Diagnosis usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 40, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be life-long. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease.

There are more than a million people affected by MS-individuals living with MS, their families and their health care providers. At least 200 new cases of MS are diagnosed each week.

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What Causes MS?

The cause of MS is not yet known. However, scientists and researchers do have an understanding of the development of MS in the central nervous system.

A protective coating called "myelin" surrounds the nerve fibers of the brain and spinal cord, collectively known as the central nervous system. Myelin functions much like the insulation on an electrical wire, protecting the flow of electrical impulses along the line.

In MS, an immune system reaction causes a breakdown of the myelin sheath. When any part of the myelin sheath is destroyed, nerve impulses to and from the brain are distorted or interrupted, impairing functions such as movement, speech or sight.

The end result is Multiple Sclerosis. "Multiple" because many areas of the brain and spinal cord are affected. "Sclerosis" because scleroses, or hardened patches of scar tissue, may form over the damaged myelin.

The National MS Society
The mission of the National MS Society is to end the devastating effects of MS. Ultimately, the National MS Society would like to announce to the world that a cure has been found. But until that time, we continue funding research to find a cause and a cure. Since 1946, the National MS Society had invested more than $284 million towards research. In 1999 alone, $22.3 million was awarded towards research, making the National MS Society the world's largest private source of MS-related research funds. The National MS Society also expends a greater percentage of monies for direct services than any other voluntary health organization primarily serving adults.