November 19, 2018
Multiple Sclerosis, commonly known as MS, occurs when the substance myelin is mistaken for a foreign body and the immune system fights it off. Myelin helps to protect the nerve fibres in the central nervous system and when it’s attacked by the immune system it’s stripped from the nerve fibres and leaves scars known as lesions or plaques. Due to the damage it can slow down the messages travelling along the nerve fibres, which can cause an increase in disability.
MS symptoms can be different for everyone because the central nervous system links everything your body does, so it depends on which part of the nervous system has been affected.
It is estimated that 100,000 people have been diagnosed with MS in the UK and each year 5,000 people are newly diagnosed. The condition is most common in people in their 40s and 50s and affects three times as many women as men.
There is currently no cure for MS, but we’ve asked some MS patients on their top tips and advice on how to deal with MS in everyday life.
Meet the Bloggers
We’ve worked with Caroline Craven from Girl with MS who has given us her top tips on balance. Caroline is a life coach and motivational speaker who is living with MS – here’s what she said:
“I think giving some tips on helping with balance will be useful, as it is really useful for me…
When I’m feeling wobbly and my legs might falter, I do the following:
Those three tips can really help! Remember, move slowly, be aware of your surroundings, and be kind to yourself!”
Heather and Dizzy – @dizzythedonkey
MS Society Support Volunteer, Heather, has a dedicated blog to document her adventures and help her to express her feelings. We reached out to Heather for some advice and Heather was kind enough to share her thoughts with us…
“Having MS doesn't mean that you have to give up on your dreams, it just means you may have to take a slightly different route to achieving them.” We couldn’t agree more, Heather!
“Research has shown that up to 96% of people with MS suffer from fatigue and it can be one of the most debilitating symptoms. Although there isn't much out there to completely get rid of the sleepiness, there are ways of helping to combat it. Here are my go-to steps:
After speaking to the bloggers, we’ve put together our top tips too…
If you’ve been diagnosed with MS or know someone that has, don’t hesitate in contacting us or the bloggers above for further advice and information.
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