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Name Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Related to/Also known as  
Symptoms Multiple Sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological disorder affecting young adults. MS occurs as the result of damage to myelin - the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. This damage interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body.
Types
  • Relapsing remitting MS
  • Secondary progressive MS
  • Primary progressive MS
Useful national contacts MS Society
Helpline: 0808 800 8000
Link opens in new window www.mssociety.org.uk
Find your local support group:
Link opens in new window www.mssociety.org.uk/near-me

Multiple Sclerosis Trust
Tel. 01462 476700
Freephone information service 0800 032 3839
Link opens in new window www.mstrust.org.uk


MS-UK
Tel. 0800 783 0518
Link opens in new window www.ms-uk.org
You can call the MS-UK Helpline for free on 0800 783 0518 during weekdays, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Multiple Sclerosis National Therapy Centres
There are more than 50 centres in Britain and Ireland
Link opens in new window www.msntc.org.uk
Online resources MS Trust: Newly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
Link opens in new window www.mstrust.org.uk/information/newly-diagnosed/default.jsp
Physiotherapy works: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists factsheet)
Link opens in new window www.csp.org.uk/publications/physiotherapy-works-multiple-sclerosis-ms

MS-UK Live Webchat
Link opens in new window www.ms-uk.org/livewebchat


NHS Choices
Link opens in new window www.nhs.uk/conditions/multiple-sclerosis/pages/introduction.aspx


NHS Videos: Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
Link opens in new window www.nhs.uk/video/pages/ms-society-being-diagnosed.aspx


M.S. = Multiple Sclerosis (British Deaf Association video with BSL and text)
Link opens in new window www.bda.org.uk/health-ms

BBC: What is multiple sclerosis?
Link opens in new window http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/18490516


MS-UK video 'We're here if you need us'
Link opens in new window www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWdXloSD8gs


MediKidz explain Multiple Sclerosis
Link opens in new window www.medikidz.com/gb-en/shop/brain-eyes-nerves/medikidz-explain-multiple-sclerosis


MS Research Treatment and Education charity
Link opens in new window www.ms-research.org.uk


MS Register
A ground-breaking study designed to increase our understanding of living with MS in the UK
Link opens in new window www.ukmsregister.org
News and events

MS Awareness Week: 24th-30th April 2017
Link opens in new window www.mstrust.org.uk/get-involved/ms-awareness-week

Emerging areas of research: Stem cells (MS Society)
Link opens in new window www.mssociety.org.uk/ms-research/emerging-areas/stem-cells

'Publication of ocrelizumab trials: hope for progressive MS' (MS Society, December 2016)
Link opens in new window www.mssociety.org.uk/ms-news/2016/12/publication-ocrelizumab-trials-hope-progressive-ms

MS treatment in England: is access still a lottery? (MS Society, October 2016)
Link opens in new window www.mssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/MS%20treatment%20in%20England_0.pdf

 

'Reducing smoking following diagnosis could have a positive effect on the course of MS' (JAMA Neurology journal, October 2015)
Link opens in new window https://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2432189


Trajectories of Outcome in Neurological Conditions (TONiC) study seeks volunteers
Link opens in new window https://tonic.thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk


People with multiple sclerosis say the benefits system is harming their health
MS Society, September 2015
Link opens in new window tinyurl.com/ogmh3r4


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"Time matters in multiple sclerosis" MS Society, September 2015 Link opens in new window
tinyurl.com/qzdz7wn

Our resources

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of reference resources on this condition and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library to read Managing your Multiple Sclerosis: Practical advice to help you manage your multiple sclerosis by Professor Ian Robinson and Dr Frank Clifford Rose, and you can watch our copy of the MS Society's DVD for children Annie & Dan talk about MS.
Or have a Link opens in new window look in your local library for this book.
Find this in a library at WorldCat.org