Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis South Africa

Multiple Sclerosis affects more than 2.8 million people worldwide

  • MS is an inflammatory demyelinating condition caused by damage to myelin – a fatty material that insulates nerves, acting much like the covering of an electric wire.
  • Resulting in a wide range of symptoms like walking difficulties, vision problems, numbness, pain, dizziness & vertigo, spasticity, tremors, headaches, and many more.
  • Many symptoms can be managed and treated.
  • Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although onset may be earlier.
  • It is 2-3 times more common women than in men.
  • It is not directly hereditary, although genetic susceptibility plays a part in its development.
  • It is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system in young adults for which there is no cure at present.
  • It is not contagious or infectious.
  • MS affects more than 2.8 million people worldwide.
  • It is more commonly found in countries further from the equator.
  • Statistics for SA are believed to be between 3000 to 5000 pwMS (people with MS).

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