The French League against Multiple Sclerosis is a non-profit association under the French law of 1901. The League affirms its independence from all political parties and all religions.
The association is based on values of solidarity, humanism, democracy and inclusion. It affirms and supports respect for the dignity and integrity of the human person, who should not be reduced to his or her illness or disability.
- Supporting people affected by multiple sclerosis (patients, families, carers, etc.),
- To raise awareness of the disease and its implications for daily life among the general public, affected individuals, health authorities and the media.
- Supporting Research.
What is multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The symptoms of this chronic disease are varied: visual, motor, sensory, urinary and cognitive. They can evolve and depend on the location of the lesions in the brain and spinal cord.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).
It is characterised by the development of an inflammatory reaction against the myelin of the central nervous system, which is the protective covering of nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord. It also affects the extensions of the nerve cells (axons) that make up these fibres.
A central nervous system deficiency
Multiple sclerosis most often begins with an attack during which signs and symptoms appear rapidly and then disappear in whole or in part. It may recur within a short time, once or several times. The symptoms are varied: visual, motor, sensory, urinary, cognitive and depend on the location of the lesions in the white matter of the central nervous system.
It is a chronic disease, which means that once contracted it will accompany the person throughout their life, which will be of normal longevity.