Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
MS affects approximately 85,000 people in the UK. It is the most common neurological condition among young adults.
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Although individuals can develop MS at any age, in most instances symptoms first occur between the ages of 20 and 40. Women are almost twice as likely to develop MS as men.
MS is caused by damage to myelin, which is the fibre that protects the nerves within the central nervous system. The nervous system controls the body's actions and activities, such as movement and balance. The symptoms of the condition are numerous and unpredictable, and they affect each person differently. Some of the most common conditions include problems with mobility and balance, pain, muscle spasms and muscle tightness.
There is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis, nor is the cause well understood, although there is some evidence to suggest that it is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.