Multiple Sclerosis and Brain Anatomy

Anatomy of the BrainMS causes damage to the myelin, the protective coating of the nerves. This damage creates lesions or “scars” that can be seen on the brain and spinal cord.

I was wondering where on my brain the myelin is being attacked that affects my walking.  The nurse practitioner, Charlotte Nelson, at Dr. Sponsler’s office shared with us information about the Homunculus, Broca’s area, and  the Wernicke’s area.

Homonculous,  the primary motor cortex is the main contributor to generating neural impulses that pass down to the spinal cord and control the execution of movement. However, just as Charlotte said, some of the other motor cortical fields also play a role in this function.

Charlotte also pointed out the Broca’s area is linked to speech production the Wernicke’s area the understanding of speech.

Just as Charlotte said it’s more complicated, but this is a simple overview.  Now I have an idea where my brain is being attacked by my immune system.

Linda Grace Cox


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

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