Misconceptions about multiple sclerosis continue, but here are some facts.
More than 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis, yet few of those who are lucky enough not to have it are aware of the truths about the debilitating illness.
To mark Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week (April 25-May 1), here are 10 things you should know about this surprisingly common neurological condition:
1. It’s a lifelong condition
The MS Trust explains multiple sclerosis (MS) is a lifelong condition affecting the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), but it’s not terminal, contagious or inherited, although family members do have a slightly higher risk of getting it.
2. There are lots of symptoms
Nobody will have exactly the same range and severity of MS symptoms – they can vary greatly in their impact, and some people may have lengthy relapses.
The first signs of MS will correspond to the affected area(s) of the brain and/or spinal cord, and may include fatigue, stumbling, pins and needles or numbness, slowed thinking and sight problems.
As the disease progresses, more symptoms can develop, including dizziness, poor balance, bowel problems, stiffness, speech difficulties, tremors and emotional and memory problems.
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