Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system. It may affect the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve and impacts more young people in Australia than any other chronic neurological disease. The term multiple sclerosis means ‘many scars’ and depending on where those scars (lesions) develop, they result in various symptoms
Who gets MS?
The average age of people diagnosed with MS is 30, and three out of four Australians with MS are women. MS affects more young people in Australia than any other chronic neurological disease.
In Australia, more than 23,000 people have MS, including more than 3,700 Queenslanders.
What are typical symptoms of MS?
Every case of MS is unique, and the symptoms, severity and progress of the disease are different for everyone. MS can affect the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions.
Can MS be cured?
MS is a lifelong disease for which a cure is yet to be found. However, doctors and scientists are making new discoveries in treating and understanding MS every day and the research toward finding a cure is very encouraging.
What does MS Queensland do?
MS Queensland offers programs and support for people living with MS including social support programs, physio, exercise and occupational therapy, counselling, attendant care in private homes and support workers across Queensland.
For the past 60 years, MS Queensland has provided care and support to Queenslanders living with MS, and more recently, other progressive neurological diseases. Our promise is to put our customers wellbeing at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to helping them get the best out of life, advocating for change and searching for a cure.
Find out more about multiple sclerosis and MS Queensland at www.msqld.org.