On Sunday, May 30th communities around the world share stories, honour, and raise awareness of those individuals who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The theme for this year’s event is “Connections”. The MS Connections campaign is all about building community connection, self-connection and connections to quality care. To find out more, visit the World MS Day website here.
What is MS?
According to the MS Society of Canada, we have one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world, with an estimated 90,000 Canadians living with the disease. Approximately 60% of adults diagnosed with MS are between the ages of 20 and 49 years old, however, young children and older adults can also be diagnosed with the disease.
MS is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. This system includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve, therefore, MS can affect a person’s vision, memory, balance and mobility.
Common Symptoms of MS
Due to the nature and type of MS an individual may have, the symptoms can range in variety and intensity depending on what area of the nervous system is being affected. Below are some of the symptoms experienced by those with MS. For a more detailed and comprehensive list and description, visit the MS Society of Canada website.
Difficulty in walking
Researchers are trying to isolate a cause for the disease and looking for ways to repair the damages it causes. However, there are a variety of ways to manage symptoms. This may range from medication to non-medicinal strategies such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, exercise programs and alternative and complementary treatments.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed or is developing symptoms of MS, consult your doctor for treatment, support, and service options.
For more information or to find out how you can contribute to MS Awareness and Research, visit:
MS Society of Canada
World MS Day
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