What grey matter and lesions mean when it comes to MS
There are two types of brain matter
The brain is made up of two types of tissue: grey matter, which is where communication signals start, and white matter—which carries messages from one area to another. Multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions occur in both of these areas and can lead to the symptoms you experience.
Lesions can change over time
Lesions often progress over time. That’s why identifying them early, and monitoring them regularly, are important. This progress is monitored by using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. These scans produce three kinds of images.
Neurological reserve: How the brain can adapt to lesion damage
Neurological reserve can keep you from experiencing symptoms of MS early on. However, this ability doesn’t last forever. It’s important to make healthy lifestyle choices to help maintain neurological reserve for as long as you can. It’s part of what a brain-first perspective of MS is all about.