Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition which affects your brain and spinal cord. In MS, the coating that protects your nerves (myelin) is damaged, and this brings on a variety of symptoms.
MS cannot be cured, however treatments and specialists can help manage the condition and its symptoms.
More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS. Symptoms typically start in 20s and 30s, and MS affects almost 3x as many women as men. The cause of MS is unknown, but research is progressing fast.
MS has a variety of symptoms (we have created an easy to understand infographic which you can view here) and can affect different parts of the body. Here are some of the symptoms and how to help manage them.
Some of the earlier symptoms can be linked to the eyes, this could be blurry vision or having painful eyes. How to cope with this is as easy as resting eyes throughout the day. To help the blurry vision it is recommended to wear an eye patch.
Almost half of people suffering with MS can develop memory loss, trouble concentrating and cognitive problems. To cope with these, start using checklists and journals to help keep a routine.
A common symptom of MS is experience with a bladder or bowel dysfunction. To help with this don't drink alcohol, sweet items, a lot of caffeine or anything that could affect the bladder.
Bones can become weakened and fragile. Also, mobility can be affected, those with MS may find it hard to walk and have “pins & needles”. To help with this, visit a physician who can help create exercise programmes. Canes and mobility aids can also help.
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