The information below has been taken from the MS Trust Website
The information shared here is easily found on the internet but I personally go to the MS Trust site for all my information
What is MS?
MS stands for multiple sclerosis, a neurological condition that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system).
‘Sclerosis’ means scarring or hardening of tiny patches of tissue. ‘Multiple’ is added because this happens at more than one place in the brain and/or spinal cord. MS is not a terminal condition but it is one that you will live with for the rest of your life. It isn’t infectious or contagious so you can’t pass it on to other people.
Is it common?
MS is the most common condition of the central nervous system affecting young adults. Over 100,000 people in the UK have MS which is about one in every 600. It is nearly three times more common in women than in men. Most people are diagnosed in their 20s and 30s but it can be diagnosed in younger and older people. Although the effects of MS can vary greatly from person to person, the condition is often categorised into one of three broad types.