Data collected by the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences over the past two years has revealed that young patients are the most affected among multiple sclerosis patients.
Multiple sclerosis affects the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other effectively. It is an auto-immune disease in which the body attacks its own cells and tissues. Due to damage in the nerve layer i.e. myelin sheath, transmission of signals from the brain and spinal cord gets affected. The common symptoms are pins and needles, weakness in the limbs, numbness and sudden loss of balance, blurred vision and spasticity.
“About 70-80 per cent of patients seen at AIIMS were youth in the age group of 18-35 years. They had relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, the most common of the four types of multiple sclerosis. We now plan to take up special programs to educate and counsel young people about the disease,” said AIIMS Additional Professor of Neurology Dr. Rohit Bhatia.