Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a life-long and life-changing neurological condition that can effect anyone. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions.

The effects are often different for everyone who has the disease. Some people have mild symptoms and don’t need treatment. Others will have trouble getting around and doing daily tasks.

MS happens when your immune system attacks a fatty material called myelin, which wraps around your nerve fibers to protect them. Without this outer shell, your nerves become damaged. Scar tissue may form.

The damage means your brain can’t send signals through your body correctly. Your nerves also don’t work as they should to help you move and feel. As a result, you may have symptoms like: Trouble walking, Feeling tired, Muscle weakness or spasms, Blurred or double vision, Numbness and tingling, Sexual problems, Poor bladder or bowel control, Pain, Depression, Problems focusing or remembering.

Around 4000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with MS. As part of MS Awareness in NZ Kiwis living with MS have come together to talk about how to affects them, what helps them manage their condition and how their diagnosis does not define them.

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