Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS and it’s normally diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system.
In MS your immune system (which normally helps to fight off infections) mistakes myelin for a foreign body and attacks it. This damages the myelin and strips it off the nerve fibres, either partially or completely, leaving scars known as lesions or plaques.
What can cause MS?
- Combination of Genes
- Vitamin D
Types of MS:
Relapsing Remitting (RRMS) – When people have distinct attacks of symptoms which then fade away either partially or completely (More information here)
Primary Progressive (PPMS) – They don’t have any distinct attacks or remissions, but begin with subtle problems that slowly get worse over time. Their MS is progressive from the start. (More information here)
Secondary Progressive (SPMS) – A stage of MS which comes after relapsing remitting MS in many cases. Secondary progressive MS is a “sustained build up of disability, independent of any relapses”. (More information here)
Benign MS – A small number of relapses followed by a complete recovery, you may be described as having benign MS. (More information here)
MS in Children – Problems with memory and thinking are common symptoms of childhood MS, as are problems with movement such as poor coordination and tremor. (More information here)
Become an Everyday Superhero!
A battle rages in over 100,000 people across the UK with MS. Their nerve cells are under attack and desperately need protecting.
Five teams of MS superheroes are here to defend everyone in the UK affected by MS. Their superpower? They can beat MS.
Team 1 –Legends of the Lab = They are working hard to stop MS. They’re doing studies up and down the country; they’re taking part in clinical trials, and filling in surveys to progress MS research further each day.
Team 2 –The Community Champs = are always first to step forward and volunteer their time for people affected by MS.
Team 3 –The Megaphones = Love rallying people to stand up for the rights of others. These are the people who make sure decision makers know what issues people affected by MS face.
Team 4 –The Superstars = Running, walking, jumping out of planes, abseiling off buildings, wading through mud, cycling and organising events for others to do the same.
Team 5 –The Cake Breakers = With their floury hands and aprons, the Cake Breakers are beating MS with gadgets like rolling pins, cookie cutters and cake tins.
and we’ve decided we could be Team 6:
‘Remember you have the power to make a difference’