MS is a condition which affects the central nervous system and, because of damage to the Myelin Sheath, communication between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted.
Many people experience their first symptoms with possibly blurred vision or muscle weakness between the ages of 20 and 40 yrs. The condition is unpredictable and varies from person to person.
In Ireland approximately 6,000 people are living with this condition. There is no cure, as yet, for MS. There are a number of medications available and many people are availing of these. There are also a range of therapies that help in dealing with some of the symptoms of MS and, when delivered in differing combinations, can be of assistance in a management program aimed at improving the life of our MS Community.
What causes it?
No-one knows what causes this condition despite vast amounts of research, which is ongoing. There are various schools of thought that the cause may be genetic or environmental, or a lack of vitamin D, or a result of a serious head injury. One or a combination of these factors may cause inappropiate activity of the immune system which is the body’s defence mechanism, causing the destruction of the myelin sheath.
Research has shown that MS is more likely to occur in Northern Europe, Canada, and the Northern States of the USA, New Zealand and Tasmania since these are the places where the incidence of MS is highest.