We still don’t know the cause of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) but the condition affects many people in the UK, often beginning insidiously with a brief illness, and rapid recovery.
MS can affect the brain and spinal cord with a process that causes the loss of myelin sheaths surrounding nerve fibres.
The most common form of MS is relapsing-remitting, but at a later stage the illness can inexorably progress without remission. Rarely, this is the way some types of MS start and there is no remission, only progression.
MS may cause neurological symptoms such as loss of movement, sight, stiffness/spasticity and pain. Depression is very common in MS, as well as profound fatigue, and eventually loss of cognitive function.
It is essential to engage an experienced neuropsychiatrist who understands these problems and provides help to cope with these progressive problems.