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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that affects each person differently, with symptoms ranging from forgetfulness and numbness in the limbs, to loss of vision and paralysis. MS occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system, damaging the protective layer covering the nerves (called the myelin sheath). These nerves carry signals between the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body. When the protective layer (myelin sheath) is damaged, the signals transmitted by the brain are disrupted. Depending on where the damage occurs in the CNS and to which nerves, determines what symptoms are experience by an affected person. 

 

The body does have an ability to repair some of the damage caused by the immune system, hence why symptoms can sometimes reduce or resolve. However, it is now understood that there may also be some damage occurring, without causing noticeable symptoms. This is known as “smouldering MS”. Learning about brain health, and how to maintain it, is important for everyone, but even more so for patients with MS. Sanofi is committed to maintaining long-term partnerships with patients, physicians, advocates, and researchers to make a significant impact on people living with MS.

 

 

 

There are many places that you can find more information on multiple sclerosis, brain health and support for you and your family.

 

ms-trust

https://mstrust.org.uk/

The MS Trust is committed to ensuring everyone with MS can access the treatments and services they need and deserve. The charity believes no-one should have to manage multiple sclerosis alone, whatever their personal or social circumstances. The MS Trust website offers a one stop platform providing trusted information where people with MS can find answers to their questions to help with every step of their journey.

shift ms

https://shift.ms/

Shift.ms is a unique social network and community for people with multiple sclerosis. This charity supports recently diagnosed people across the world as they make sense of MS and much of the support & advice comes directly from others living with MS. It’s an independent source of information and it’s free.

MS Society

https://www.mssociety.org.uk/

The MS Society play a leading role in MS research and fight for better treatment and care for the MS community. This charity has a together we are stronger approach and uses this to empower and connect its audience. Being the UK’s biggest charity, the MS Society focuses on research, campaigning and speaking up to stop MS.

MAT-GB-2104738(v1.0), December 2021