Multiple Sclerosis Week (25th to 1st)

 In NHS Guidelines, Pharmacy Information, Regulations and Standards

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Trust “work with health professionals all over the UK, to develop ways of helping MS teams deliver the best possible care to everyone affected by MS.”

MS week is invaluable to the MS Trust as it helps them raise awareness and funds, which helps them carry on helping people with this debilitating condition.

The NHS list out the following symptoms of MS including:

  • fatigue
  • difficulty walking
  • vision problems, such as blurred vision
  • problems controlling the bladder
  • numbness or tingling in different parts of the body
  • muscle stiffness and spasms
  • problems with balance and co-ordination
  • problems with thinking, learning and planning

These symptoms can come and go in phases or steadily get worse over time, but either way, it will totally disrupt a sufferer’s day to day life, and leave them finding it difficult to complete tasks they could normally do easily.

However, as with a lot of medicines, treatments over the past 20 years have greatly improved fighting the condition and it is now a lot easier to live with. This has come about because of the help organisations such as the MS trust and awareness weeks such as this one and if this continues, who knows what could happen in another 20 years.

Already the average life expectancy for MS sufferers is closing the gap on the general populations, and MS in itself is rarely fatal. However, complications arising from severe MS, such as chest infections, bladder infections, or swallowing difficulties can decrease their life expectancy.

 

References

https://www.mstrust.org.uk/get-involved/ms-awareness-week-2016

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Multiple-sclerosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

 

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