Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system.
It may affect the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve and impacts more young people in Australia than any other chronic neurological condition.
Who gets MS?
The average age of people diagnosed with MS is 30, and three out of four Australians with MS are women. MS affects more young people in Australia than any other chronic neurological disease. There are over 25,600 people living with multiple sclerosis in Australia, including over 3,970 in Queensland.
What are the typical symptoms of MS?
Every case of MS is unique, and the symptoms, severity and progress of the disease are different for everyone. MS can affect the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions.
You can learn more about MS symptoms here
Can MS be cured?
MS is a lifelong condition for which a cure is yet to be found. However, doctors and scientists are making discoveries in treating and understanding MS every day and research to find a cure is very encouraging.
What does MS Queensland do?
MS Queensland facilitates programs and support for people with MS including a range of residential facilities, social support programs, accommodation support services, attendant care in private homes, involvement with regional centres and country link programs. These services are vital in order to maintain the independence and dignity of people with MS.
Find out more about multiple sclerosis and MS Queensland at www.msqld.org.au.