By Lauren M. and Brittany R.
What is it?
Additional Symptoms: Fatigue, Bladder problems, Dizziness, Speech problems, Tremors.
The symptoms, severity, and duration can vary from person to person.
Immune function is helped by two kinds of white blood cells. The “B cells” produce antibodies. The “T cells” are responsible for a variety of other immune responses. These responses include:
- direct attacks on foreign substances such as bacteria, viruses, or foreign tissues;
- augmenting the B cell response
- producing substances called cytokines that direct responses and activities in other immune cells.
When a person has Multiple Sclerosis, these T-cells attack the myelin sheath that surround and protect the nerve fibers. When this myelin is destroyed, signals that usually travel from the nodes that separated the sheath into sections can escape at the wrong intervals.
Current Direction of Research