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Multiple Sclerosis: Are You At Risk for MS?

Posted on in Blood Pressure

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Broadway Medicalis proud to be a provider of home medical equipment that makes the lives of people with MS better.

MS damages the protective myelin sheaths that cover nerve cells, causing havoc in various body systems.

How common is MS? Statistics indicate that there are currently 350,000 to 500,000 people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with MS. Two hundred people are diagnosed with MS every week and over 2.5 million people are living with the disease worldwide.

Quick facts about MS:

  • MS can strike both men and women, but is more common in women

  • MS appears more frequently in Caucasians than in Hispanics or African Americans

  • MS is relatively rare among Asians and certain other ethnic groups.

  • MS is most commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 20 and 50.

  • 350,000 to 500,000 people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with MS.

  • Two hundred people are diagnosed with MS every week.

  • Over 2.5 million people are living with the disease worldwide.

There are common symptoms of MS, but not all people will share the same ones. Common symptoms of MS include fatigue, weakness, spasticity, balance problems, bladder and bowel problems, numbness, vision loss, tremors and depression. Many of these symptoms are shared with other diseases and disorders as well, so it’s best to be tested. Even if you are diagnosed with MS, there is no certain timeline for the progression of the disease. The disease can progress quickly or slowly and have times of remission. That’s why having the right medical care and the right medical equipment is so important.

Broadway Medical carries canes, crutches and walkers to assist with balance and strength issues and manual and power wheelchairs for people with more mobility needs. We carry CPAP and BiPAP units to treat sleep apnea. See our online catalog for a full list of our products or if you’re in the Broadway Medical area, stop in and see us today with more questions about beneficial equipment and supplies. Please visit the www.nationalmssociety.org for more information on the disease.