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What is MS?

What is MS?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK.

Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too.

MS is three times more likely to affect Women than Men.

We don't know the cause and we haven't found a cure yet, but research is getting better.

About MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system.

MS affects nerves in the spinal cord and brain.

In MS, myelin (the coating around nerve fibres) is damaged, which disrupts the transfer of the nerve signals, causing a range of symptoms including problems with balance, movement and vision.



MS is not directly inherited - unlike some conditions, like cystic fibrosis, for example, there is no single gene that causes it.

It's likely that a combination of genes make some people more susceptible to developing MS, but not everyone with this gene combination will develop MS. Genes are only part of the story.



MS is a complex condition, and is not easy to diagnose. Diagnosing MS can take several months, as there are other conditions with similar symptoms that will first need to be ruled out. It is also difficult to pinpoint because the early signs and symptoms can be different for everyone.


Types of MS

There are multiple types of MS, and even people with the same type of MS may experience symptoms differently.


Treatments & Therapies

There currently in't a cure for MS but recently Doctors at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield have shown that they have made a major break through in stem cell therapy and this has got the MS community fired up hoping that this could be the start of something big.