Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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Multiple Sclerosis is a lifelong condition that causes the immune system to attack the protective covering around your brain and nerves (the myelin).

When you are young, your body can repair your myelin, but as you age it will degenerate leaving exposed nerves that are vulnerable to damage. ‘Sclerosis’ means scarring and ‘multiple’ is added because it can occur in many places.

Symptoms include fatigue, problems with balance, difficulty with vision and memory, having trouble walking, experiencing muscle spasms, experiencing problems with sex, and having problems the bowel and the bladder.

There is no cure for MS but there are treatments that can improve your quality of life. In this section there are links to the leading UK charities that support people with MS.

National MS Society and MS Society have resources for understanding the symptoms of MS, accessing support and treatment, and updates on the latest research. Researchers are currently looking for a cure to the condition.


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