Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common neurological condition in young adults in the UK, affecting around 85,000 people.

MS is a condition of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). The central nervous system controls the body's actions and activities, such as movement and balance.

Each nerve fibre in the central nervous system is surrounded by a substance called myelin. Myelin helps messages from the brain to travel quickly and smoothly to the rest of the body.

In MS, the myelin becomes damaged. This disrupts the transfer of these messages.

Types of multiple sclerosis

There are three types of MS. They are characterised by the pattern of relapse and remission that the symptoms follow.

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis 

There are many different symptoms of MS and they affect each person differently. Some of the most common symptoms include:

Other possible symptoms may include: