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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease that severely damages the protective covering around the nerve fibers of the central nervous system. Doctors are still researching the causes of MS, but despite all of the medical advances over recent years, the cure remains elusive. Sufferers must come to terms with this harsh diagnosis but at least they today can take some treatments that make it easier to live with this sickness. Those who develop MS usually notice the first symptoms in their 20s or 30s. Women are three times more likely to suffer from this disease than men. The level of disability MS causes varies between individuals.

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1. Steroids

MS is characterized by ups and downs in its symptoms. Steroid tablets or injections are one of the most popular treatments for flare-ups. Depending on the individual situation it might be sufficient to treat the disease with a course of tablets to take a home over five days. Alternatively, the doctor might decide that the steroids need to be given through injections in a hospital over a similar length of time, or a slightly shorter period. Taking steroids over long periods poses its hazards, for example, they can damage bone structure.

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