What is Multiple Sclerosis?

MS is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults. Around 85,000 people in the UK have MS.

MS is the result of damage to the myelin sheath a protective covering surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. When the myelin sheath is damaged this interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body.

For some people, MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern. For everyone effected by MS either as a sufferer or as a relative or carer, it makes life a little unpredictable.

The MS Society is the UK's largest charity dedicated to supporting everyone whose life is touched by MS. The society provides respite care, a freephone MS helpline and a wide range of information.


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