Multiple Sclerosis, often shortened to MS, is a neurological condition that is characterised by damaged nerve fibres (myelin). Because of the importance of the nervous system in the body, this damage can cause a wide range of symptoms, and these symptoms often result in various disabilities in the patient.
Approximately 100,000 people in the United Kingdom have MS and most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is known to affect nearly three times as many women as men.
Standard symptoms displayed by those with Multiple Sclerosis
Chronic fatigue is different from simply feeling tired – MS sufferers will often fee completely and utterly exhausted and will struggle to carry out simple activities.
Problems with vision
In around 25% of MS cases, the patient can experience loss of vision, colour blindness, pain in the eye, flashes or double vision.
Numbness / tingling
Various parts of the body – often the arms, legs and the trunk – will feel numb or ‘tingly’.
Spasms, stiffness and weakness in muscles
Muscle contraction, stiffness or general weakness could be indicators of MS.
Problems with mental health
Aside from cognitive dysfunction, MS patients are more prone to periods of anxiety or depression (or both). Mood swings can also become apparent.
Problems with the bladder and/or bowel
Constipation is a common issue, as are many problems with passing urine, including the need to go more frequently.
MS sufferers can experience pain that’s either directly caused by the condition, or as a result of other symptoms. This can include both neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain.
For more information on how we can assist with live in care for Multiple Sclerosis , or to discuss your unique needs with a member of staff, please call 0800 471 4741 now.