Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system.It is the most common disabling neurological disease among youngadults and affects around 85,000 people in the UK. MS is most oftendiagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40 – though it canbe earlier or later. Although it’s rare, children can develop MS. Womenare around two to three times as likely as men to develop MS.
Oncediagnosed, MS stays with the person for life, but treatments and specialistcare can help people to manage many symptoms well.Where this symbol appears in the booklet, the MS Society oranotherorganisation can provide more information on a particularsubject – see ‘Sources of support and further information’.
What is MS?© MSSociety 12/08
Contents2What is MS?4How is MS diagnosed?5What causes MS?5Different types of MS7Symptoms7Treatments9Living with MS11Family and friends13Health and socialcare services13Disability rights14Work, training andfinancial assistance15Aids to mobilityand daily living16Holidays16Sources of supportand further information