Multiple Sclerosis

Hopefully this site will be a useful source of information about MS - especially for those living in Lochaber.  This is a beautiful place to live but the population is quite scattered - and can make contact with others with MS sporadic. So contact me with any ideas or information you would like to see included on the site!  (  I have included lots of links to other websites that may be relevant to you.  

What is MS?

 Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system.

In MS, the coating around nerve fibres (called myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms.

Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS, more women than men have it, and once diagnosed MS stays with you for life.  Treatments and specialists along the way can help you to manage the symptoms.

To understand what happens in MS, it's useful to understand how the central nervous system works.

If we think of our central nervous system as a complicated wiring system - and the plastic sheath (myelin) around the wires  becomes damaged and disrupted, (for instance nibbled by mice!),  it may be easier to understand how the messages and signals can become interrupted.  Messages become sluggish and may not connect at all.

In MS, your immune system, which normally helps to fight off infections, mistakes myelin for a foreign body and attacks it. This damages the myelin and strips it off the nerve fibres, either partially or completely, leaving scars known as lesions or plaques.

As well as myelin loss, there can also be damage to the nerve fibres.  This nerve damage causes the build up of disability that can occur over time.

Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable and challenging condition and affects everyone differently.

However those living with the condition - and their carers - have found that some things really help:

  • easy access to health and care services such as physiotherapy and advice from Specialist Nurses
  • sharing ideas and experiences with others living with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Exercise and feel good therapies such as walking, hydrotherapy and leisure centre equipment
  • Accurate information about benefits and grants you may be entitled to 

A video from the MS Society

YouTube Video