What is motor neurone disease (MND)?
Motor neurone disease is an uncommon condition which affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. MND is caused when cells in the brain and nerves called motor neurons stop working properly.
What causes MND?
Researchers still don’t know exactly what causes motor neuron degeneration in people with MND or why the condition develops in some people and not others. Studies are actively ongoing and more is learned about motor neurone disease every day.
What are the symptoms of motor neurone disease?
Symptoms of MND, which happen gradually, may include:
- muscle weakness
- slurred speech and difficulty swallowing
- weight loss
- muscle twitches and cramps
This condition can affect adults of any age, but, usually, people experiencing MND are in their 60s and 70s.
Motor neurone disease is a progressive condition and gets worse over time. Getting an early diagnosis can help you get the care you need.