Causes of MS

Sclerosis distribution mapIs there a genetic Link?
Research has suggested a genetic link but this is not definite.

Environmental Influence?
Research has suggested that MS is more common in countries further from the equator. However, studies are unsure as to precisely what this could mean.

Statistics show that people are usually diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 50, however MS can strike at any age, even in children as young as 2years. Available data suggests that about 100,000 people in the UK have MS with Scotland having the highest number of affected individuals per capital compared to the rest of the world.
Sensory problems, visual problems, fatigue, dizziness, pain/spasms, loss of muscle strength, sexual problems, balance and coordination problem, bladder and bowel problems.

Symptoms illustration

There is at present no known cure but drugs are available to help relieve and help with dealing with the symptoms:

  • Steroids
  • Disease Modifying Drugs

Is MS contagious?
MS is not contagious and although it cannot yet be cured, it’s not terminal or a life threatening illness.

Further information, please visit:
The National MS Society:
The MS Society: