Key facts about MS (multiple sclerosis)
What is MS?
MS is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS cannot be predicted. MS is a lifelong disease for which a cure is yet to be found; however, doctors and scientists are making discoveries about the treatment and management of MS every day.
Who gets MS?
- 3 out of 4 people with MS are women and the average age of diagnosis is around 30.
- Over 23,000 people in Australia have MS, with an additional 1000 diagnosed each year.
- 2.5 million people worldwide are living with MS.
What causes MS?
The cause of MS is unknown, however several factors are thought to be involved, including genetics, gender and environmental triggers.
What are the symptoms of MS?
No two cases of MS are identical. The visible and hidden symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from person to person. Common symptoms include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Visual disturbance, such as blurred or double vision
- Difficulty with walking, balance or coordination
- Muscle weakness, tremor, stiffness or spasm
- Bladder and bowel issues
- Slurring or slowing of speech
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