Multiple Sclerosis – or MS – affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.
It can have devastating consequences on the individual with the chronic condition, as well as their family.
But what exactly is it, and what are the symptoms?
We’ve prepared this guide with all the facts.
What is MS?
According to the NHS , multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition which can affect the brain and/or spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.
It is a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although it can occasionally be mild.
Average life expectancy is slightly reduced for people with MS.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of MS vary widely from person to person and can affect any part of the body.
The main symptoms include:
- difficulty walking
- vision problems, such as blurred vision
- problems controlling the bladder
- numbness or tingling in different parts of the body
- muscle stiffness and spasms
- problems with balance and co-ordination
- problems with thinking, learning and planning
Depending on the type of MS you have, your symptoms may come and go in phases, or get steadily worse over time.