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Doctors Diagnosing More People with MS: VIDEO

Scott Milne

Right now, doctors are diagnosing more people with multiple sclerosis. According to the National MS Society, nearly 2.5 million people battle the disease.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

Scott Milne was hit by MS five weeks ago. The 48-year-old Thompson Station man went from working full-time, and volunteering for a local non-profit with his wife to not being able to move at all on his right side.

Milne says, "I had a lot of physical pain, a lot of anger, a lot of disbelief. I am very used to being the one that takes care of others."

His wife, Roberta Milne became his caretaker. Her husband underwent several tests and was diagnosed with MS three weeks ago.

Roberta Milne says, "It feels like a ton of bricks fell on us. We both started crying. All of these perceptions of the whee chair and nursing home came to mind because my cousin's mother-in-law went downhill very fast because she had progressive type."

Scott Milne has relapsing remitting MS, like most people (NMSS). Experts says early detection is key to controlling a variety of symptoms.

Scott Milne says, "There's no single way to tell that you have MS. It's the signs the symptoms all added up. Although, it's incurable, it's treatable."

But it is the second most expensive disease treatment in the country.

The exact cause is unknown, but researchers believe that a genetic predisposition may exist in the disease. MS is not caused by one gene. It is believed that several genes play a role in predisposing a person to the disease.

Roberta Milne says, "The unknown is the scariest. If he can drive going to a movie his leg started shakingGoing out to eat I had to cut up his meat. Everything changed."

Scott Milne says "It's devastating but it's also a blessing. I've taken the time to reevaluate what's important. I thank God for my wife and family."

Roberta Milne says , "The anger, the pushbacks, and the withdrawing all that is just part of them trying to process what's happening to their bodies. Be patient."

About 200 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each week.

Scott Milne says, The majority of people don't end up in a wheelchair and that's what gives me hope. Important to simply keep moving forward and keep positive."

Milne says he is still weak, but improving with medication.

For more information about MS go to or call 1-800-344-4867.

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