Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that damages the protective covering around the nerve fibers of the central nervous system. Doctors are still researching the causes of MS, but despite medical advances over recent years, a cure remains elusive. Those who develop MS usually notice the first symptoms in their 20s or 30s. Women are twice as likely to develop this disease as men, and the level of disability MS causes varies between individuals. People with this diagnosis are faced with a challenging disease, but some treatments for MS and lifestyle changes make it easier to manage the condition.
MS is characterized by symptoms that flare up, which means they come and go. People with MS may experience long periods of remission with few or no symptoms. Steroid tablets or injections are a popular treatment for flare-ups. Depending on the individual situation, it might be sufficient to treat the symptoms with a course of tablets to take at home over five days. Alternatively, the doctor might decide that steroids need to be given through injections in a hospital over a similar length of time or a shorter period. Taking steroids over long periods does pose hazards, however, such as lower bone density.
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