Around 100,000 people in the UK have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), making it the most common disabling neurological condition affecting adults today.
MS occurs as a result of damage to myelin, a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. This damage in turn interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body causing problems in a few, some or all of the following areas: visual, motor, sensory, coordination and balance, bowel, bladder and sexual, cognitive and others.
For some people MS is characterised by periods of relapse and remission while for others it has a progressive pattern, which can make life unpredictable for sufferers and carers alike.
There are MS organisations with departments dedicated to giving carers the tools needed to give the best possible care, as well as ideas on how to get respite care, the short-term care service that gives carers a break.
Want to learn more about caring for MS patients?
These links will take you to the best MS information resources on the web: