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Saturday the 30th of May 2020 is officially marked as World MS Day. It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness, and campaign with everyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
The term Multiple Sclerosis (MS) means ‘many scars’ and refers to the damage caused to the nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.
MS is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system, with over 25,600 people in Australia currently affected. On average more than 10 Australians are diagnosed with MS every week. It is a highly variable condition, and the symptoms depend on which areas of the central nervous system have been affected, and where the scarring has occurred. There is no set pattern to MS and everyone with MS has a different set of symptoms, which vary from time to time and can change in severity and duration.
Multiple Sclerosis is the most common degenerative neurological condition diagnosed in young adults, with over 75% of people diagnosed under the age of 40.
Common early signs of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) include:
- vision problems
- tingling and numbness
- pains and spasms
- weakness or fatigue
- balance problems or dizziness
- bladder issues
- sexual dysfunction
- cognitive problems
There is currently no known cure for MS however, there are treatments that have been shown to “modify” or slow down the underlying course of MS. In addition, many therapeutic and technological advances are helping people manage symptoms. Advances in treating and understanding MS are made every year, and progress in research to find a cure is very encouraging.