Trevor Bayne and Multiple Sclerosis: A look at the disease and victims

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Knoxville Nascar driver Trevor Bayne surprised everyone when he announced he has multiple sclerosis. M.S. attacks your nervous system.
For some it's manageable, and for others, it ruins their life.

Eddie McMurray lies in a hospital bed. It hurts him to sit up. It hurts to almost do anything. Eddie McMurray says, "I'm doing good. I've been up here for 8 years. I just take it day by day."

Eddie used to fish, ride Harley's and spend time with his family.
He was diagnosed at age 32. That's an age doctors say is common for men as their testosterone levels drop. Now he's forced to live in a nursing home at age 55. Eddie's daughter Emily Williams says, "I'm so emotional because I think of the memories. We had memories of him being able to do stuff. He used to get up and do things with us. He used to spend time with my daughters. They used to go fishing. It's different."

Dr. Randy Trudell says multiple sclerosis appears in a stroke-like form with symptons like weakness, double vision, and stumbling.
Dr. Randy Trudell says, "In small minority they have a really bad case. In a vast majority, we get them under control and prevent relapses"

Dr. Trudell hasn't seen Trevor Bayne, but believes Bayne could continue to race. He has one concern which is the heat inside the race car which could cause problems. Dr. Trudell says, "I think the inside of a race car is hot and would be concerned. It would make him more tired than he would want to be in a race."

Of course doctors are hoping Trevor Bayne can be treated and will live a normal life. As for Eddie McMurray, even with his extreme case, his daughter says he's never asked "why me" and just keeps on fighting.

M.S. affects 2 point 3 million people worldwide. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50.

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