How Much Do You Know About Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system, the brain, and spinal cord. Its symptoms can range from mild to severe. Find out more about this illness by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

1. About how many people in the U.S. have MS?
2. MS affects the central nervous system (CNS). Which part of the CNS is usually attacked?
3. Which age group is MS most likely to strike?
4. Although the exact cause of MS is not yet known, which factor may play a role?
5. How does the disease usually progress?
6. A person with MS who wants to have children should be aware that their disease may affect their pregnancy in what way?
7. What are some of the symptoms of MS?
8. If symptoms and a physical exam suggest MS, how does a healthcare provider confirm it?
9. Which treatment is often advised for slowly progressing MS?
10. Which of these so-called therapies is not advised for MS?