What is MS? Learn about MS—History, genetics, research, and how to choose a healthcare provider. Read about how MS is diagnosed and treated. Also learn about the National MS Society and chapter programs.
What Is Multiple Sclerosis? (.pdf)
Symptoms, disease patterns, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and research efforts (last updated October 2013)
En Español: ¿Qué es la Esclerosis Múltiple? (.pdf)
African Americans and Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)
It is a myth that African Americans don't get MS. Become engaged with programs and resources supporting optimal care and living well with MS. (2012)
Connecting with Others Living with MS (.pdf)
Outlines resources available from the National MS Society that can help you connect with others who share similar life experiences with MS. Choose from one-on-one conversations, group/social settings or online resources for your peer connections.
The MS Disease-Modifying Medications (.pdf)
Information on the disease-modifying medications (Aubagio® Avonex®, Betaseron®, Copaxone®, Extavia®, GilenyaTM, Novantrone®, Rebif® , TecfideraTM and Tysabri®). Includes how each is taken, side effects, benefits, and available help (updated April 2013).
Just the Facts (.pdf)
Frequently asked questions about MS and the National MS Society (last updated August 2013)
Choosing the Right Healthcare Provider (.pdf)
Outlines some steps people with MS should take when choosing a healthcare provider—and explains how professionals come to be listed on chapters’ referral lists. (last updated February 2013)
Genetics: The Basic Facts (.pdf)
Basic facts about MS and heredity. (last updated March 2009)
The History of Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)
MS from the Middle Ages to the present, highlighting Society presence since 1946. By Dr. Loren Rolak (last updated April 2009)
Participating in Clinical Trials (.pdf)
Learn about the process of clinical trial participation and how to decide if a study is the right opportunity for you. (New 2008)
Research Directions in MS: Progress & Strategies: (.pdf)
Explains the Society’s comprehensive research approaches to stopping MS in its tracks, restoring what’s been lost, and ending MS forever. For nonscientists. (last updated December 2011)
For printed copies of any of our materials, contact an MS Navigator at 1-800-344-4867.
Aubagio is a registered trademark of Genzyme Corporation.
Avonex is a registered trademark of Biogen Idec.
Betaseron is a registered trademark of Bayer Schering Pharma Aktiengesllschaft.
Copaxone is a registered trademark of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Extavia is a registered trademark of Novartis AG.
Gilenya is a trademark of Novartis International AG
Novantrone is a registered trademark of Immunex Corp.
Rebif is a registered trademark of Ares Trading, S.A.
Tecfidera is a trademark of Biogen Idec.
Tysabri is a registered trademark of Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.