Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system and is the most common neurological disorder diagnosed in young adults, but it affects men and women of all ages and all walks of life.
This disorder damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin) surrounding the nerves, causing reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. Common symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty with balance and coordination, and various levels of impaired mobility. MS is not contagious but is often misunderstood and may lead to a disability.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America recognizes March as MS Awareness Month. In an effort to help raise awareness here locally, INTEGRIS is sponsoring a Faces of MS event.
The event will be Tuesday, March 24th from 9 a.m. to Noon at      the James L. Henry Auditorium at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center,                         3300 NW Expressway. A physician panel of neurologists Husain, Porter, Masih and Salins; psychiatrist Murali Krishna; urogynecologist Arielle Allen; sleep disorder specialist April Merrill; and fitness expert Nancy Shidler will all speak and answer questions.
Topics will include cognitive disorders; urological and sexual issues associated with MS; how MS affects your mood and can cause depression and how mindfulness and relaxation can improve these symptoms; positive effects of exercise on fatigue caused by MS; sleep disorders and strategies for managing sleep issues with MS; and infusion therapy and possible side effects.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information or reservations, please call the INTEGRIS HealthLine at 405-951-2277.