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About MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition, that means it affects your nerves. You get it when your immune system isn’t working properly. Your immune system normally protects you by fighting off infection, but in MS it attacks your nerves by mistake.

These nerves control lots of different parts of your body. That’s why you can get MS symptoms in many parts of your body. It’s also why everyone’s MS is different.

Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help you to manage the condition and its symptoms. We're here to help you live well with your MS.

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When I was diagnosed with MS, it was hard adapting to sometimes accepting help. I've come to realise accepting help from others doesn't mean we're not strong. MS makes us stronger than we ever thought possible.  Barbara is a writer diagnosed with MS in 2012

In this section

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What is MS?

What's happening in your body when you have MS? Read about the science and learn about some of the possible causes of MS.
More about the science behind MS
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Types of MS

There are three main types of MS - relapsing remitting, primary progressive and secondary progressive. 
Find out about the types of MS
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Only a neurologist can diagnose MS. Find out about the tests they use and what support you can get before you are diagnosed. 
Find out how MS is diagnosed

Signs and symptoms

MS has many symptoms. It's unlikely you'll experience them all - and not at the same time.

Find out about different types of MS symptoms and ways to manage them. 

Read more about MS symptoms

Treatments and therapies

There are lots of different ways to manage MS. You might find some ways suit you better than others.

These might include drug treatments, diet, exercise and complementary therapies.

Find out about treatments for MS
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Find support near me

From support groups to information events, there's lots of ways to connect with people who understand what life's like with MS.

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