Multiple sclerosis, commonly known as M.S. is an autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system. It particularly affects the transmission of information within the brain, as well as between the brain and the body. In people with MS, their immune system attacks the nerve fibers and myelin. Myelin is the fatty substance that acts as their buffer. Damage to the nerve fibers and consequent formation of scar tissue disrupts the flow of nerve impulses across the body.
Numbness and tingling in the limbs and face are one of the first symptoms that appear in MS patients. Other parts of the body may experience this sensation as well. The "pins and needles" sensation may be mildly annoying or so intense that it is incapacitating. In cases where these symptoms are severe, individuals may face difficulty in performing routine, day-to-day tasks. Medication may help to restore feeling. However, there is no cure to alleviate numbness and tingling.
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