Understanding Multiple Sclerosis 

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system that interferes with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is the most common acquired chronic neurological disease that affects young adults. It is characterised by sclerosis, a Greek word meaning scars. These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms. 

Facts about Multiple Sclerosis 

  • MS affects more than 25,000 people in Australia  

  • most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can also affect younger people 

  • roughly three times as many women have MS as men 

  • symptoms can vary from person to person 

  • symptoms depend on which part of the central nervous system is affected and to what degree 

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis 

  • Motor control - muscular spasms and problems with weakness, coordination, balance and functioning of the arms and legs 

  • Fatigue - including heat sensitivity 

  • Neurological symptoms - including vertigo, pins and needles, neuralgia and visual disturbances 

  • Continence care - including bladder incontinence and constipation 

  • Neuropsychological symptoms - including depression, cognitive difficulties and memory loss 

How can CPL help?

No matter where you are on your journey, we are ready to help you achieve your goals. Our services aim to support people to reach their full potential through:  

For more information about how we can support you with Multiple Sclerosis, visit our services page, call us on 1800 961 870 or send an online enquiry

References:

https://www.msaustralia.org.au/about-ms/symptoms