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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord).

In MS the conductive outer coating of many of the nerve fibres is damaged. The body can repair the damage to some extent but often small scars are left and the nerves do not function quite as they did before. As MS affects different areas within the central nervous system it is described as multiple, and the small scars which arise can be described as areas of sclerosis. This is how the name multiple sclerosis arises.

The cause of MS is unknown. It is thought that it may be due to a small defect in the body?s immune system. MS is a relatively common disease and affects about one in 750 of the British population. It most often affects young adults; over 70 per cent of affected people experience their first symptoms between the ages of 20 and 40.

Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but your symptoms can be well managed by specialists.

Multiple Sclerosis

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