Multiple Sclerosis

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common disabling disease of the central nervous system that affects young adults. Diagnosis typically occurs between the ages of 20 and 40, and seven people are newly diagnosed with MS every day.

Symptoms of MS can include pain, numbness, blurred or impaired vision, problems with movement and memory, feeling tired, and depression. For some people, MS is characterized by periods of relapse and remission, while for others symptoms get progressively worse. For everyone, it makes life unpredictable.

Most people don’t consider that they are at risk from MS but 85,000 people in the UK have the condition, with 8,400 in the North West affected.

MS LIFE: A One-Stop Shop

MS Life is held annually by the Multiple Sclerosis Society to provide information on every aspect of the condition, and this year they are bringing it to the North West.

From holidays, complementary therapy and job information to advice and support, MS Life has it all.

The atmosphere is extremely relaxed and informal with an internet café, demonstration kitchen and even a créche, where the children will be well looked after, while you browse round the exhibitions.

For those looking for a more in-depth knowledge, there is the opportunity to speak with scientists who are working on the very latest medical developments and also to the nurses who specialise in the care of MS.

There will be a live interactive debate discussing controversial issues such as stem cells and cannabis-based treatments and anyone can be involved.

MS Life is open to everyone. Whether you, or someone you know is affected by MS, or if you simply want to know more about the condition and what it could mean for you, you are very welcome.

MS Life takes place 22-23 April 2006 at G-MEX, Manchester.

Entry is free but pre-registration is recommended.

For further details visit www.msconvention.org.uk or
www.mssociety.org.uk or by calling 020 8438 0837

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