We know this can be a time of many questions and concerns. Staff at the Herts Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre (HMSTC) will be happy to spend time making sure you have as much information as you need to support you in making your own decisions from the available data
Good starting places for information include the MS Society and the MS Trust. There are links to their websites below where you can find downloadable leaflets for those newly diagnosed and their families.
Paper copies of these and other leaflets may be available in the Centre.
You may also find it helpful to share your concerns with others in a similar position using the forums hosted by the MS Society.
Another useful source of information is the Overcoming MS Charity where Prof. Jelinek offers an alternative regime to control and minimise the effects of the disease.
What is MS?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It is a complicated disorder with symptoms varying from person to person. Because of that, no two people with MS have exactly the same experience. Examples of some common symptoms include tiredness, balance problems, and problems with vision.
There is not yet a cure for MS but there are many treatments and therapies which help people, and most people affected can be helped to lead active lives and maximize their abilities. In addition to drug therapies, many people benefit from therapies such as physiotherapy, bodywork (e.g. massage, reflexology) and yoga. For more information see elsewhere on this site.
Will I die early because of having MS?
Most people with MS will live just as long as anybody else.
Who gets MS?
Anyone can develop MS, although young adults are the biggest group of people diagnosed, with women being more prone than men. These FAQs are included as a guide only. In ANY case of doubt or difficulty you should ALWAYS consult your GP or neurologist.