What is MS??
MS stands for multiple sclerosis. Maybe you've participated in the at school...
....What did you learn?
Remember, you can always ask your mum or dad if you have any questions!
Nerves carry messages around your body. If you jam your finger, nerves send a message to your brain telling it 'ouch'. Nerves also tell your muscles what to do and send messages that tell us to run and jump.
Multiple sclerosis is a medical condition where the immune system (that usually fights germs) attacks nerves in the brain and spinal cord. It damages the myelin sheath, the protective coating around the nerves. When this happen, scars develop. These scars act like bumps in the road that can slow down or block signals from the brain.
Mum or Dad may feel better for a few days, weeks or months and then suddently they may feel a lot worse. This is called relapse. Relapses just happen. Nothing you do can make one come on or stop one - it's not your fault. People almost never die from MS. Most people with MS will live just as long as everybody else.
MULTIPLE means many
SCLEROSIS means scars
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS means many scars.
MS symptoms are different for everybody, some common ones are:
- Pain - Difficulty walking
- Moodiness - Tiredness
- Weakness - Clumsiness