World MS Day 2018

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition which can affect the brain and spinal cord. There is a wide range of potential symptoms which includes problems with vision, arm or leg movement and sensation or balance.

World MS Day takes place on the 30th May every year and this year the campaign is called #bringinguscloser with the theme being research. The campaign aims to raise awareness and bring the global MS community together.

The cause of MS is still not known and there is no cure as of yet, although treatments are available to help improve and control symptoms. This is why it’s vital to raise awareness of the condition.

MS is most commonly diagnosed to people in their 20s and 30s and is more common in women than men. Every person is different, so the symptoms they experience and the severity of their MS will be different to others.

The main symptoms of MS include:

  • Vision problems
  • Difficulty walking
  • Fatigue
  • Bladder problems
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Muscle spasms or stiffness
  • Balance or co-ordination problems
  • Issues with learning, thinking or planning

If you are worried that you might have early signs of MS then you should see your GP. Early Symptoms can often have other causes but let your GP know about the specific patterns of your symptoms.

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