MS Awareness Day

Multiple Misconceptions

"Ever seen an electrician strip a wire? That's what my immune system is doing to my entire nervous system." - Kastie Pavlik

It is estimated that more than 100,000 people have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the UK and 2.5 million worldwide. Despite this number there are many misconceptions about this lifelong condition.

Many hear a diagnosis of MS as a death sentence. It's degenerative, surely that means my time is running out fast? Will I be in a wheelchair soon? There is an impression that it's a condition that affects older people, that those with MS cannot work and some even think it's contagious.

These are just some of the many assumptions made about MS and these dangerous misconceptions are causing a lot of unnecessary anguish. Most MS sufferers are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 and they are diagnosed with Relapsing forms of MS (RMS), which means they are not always experiencing symptoms. It is not contagious, women with MS can have children, most people with RMS live a normal or near-normal lifespan and for milder forms of MS, with a few simple adjustments, working can still be a part of life.

Scientists are still unsure about the causes of MS or why the rate of progression differs from person to person. In fact, there is no single test for MS, symptoms vary hugely and there is no known prevention. 

"Once you've seen one case of MS, you've seen one case." - Physician

As MS attacks the fatty tissue around the nerve fibres in the central nervous system the nerve signals are slowed or blocked which causes the variance in symptoms from person to person. This unpredictability of symptoms is why disease awareness is so critical.

Many have found that living healthier lifestyles and being as active as possible without overdoing it has not only helped manage their symptoms, but has also given them a more positive outlook on life. Despite the variance in symptoms, those suffering from this chronic disease find it helpful to meet with others like them, to discuss what works for them and to be reassured that they are not alone.

"While RMS may be part of your life, it doesn't have to control your life." - Jack Osbourne

To help those with MS take control of their condition and to realise that they are not alone in what they’re going through, iWantGreatCare would like to invite those suffering with MS to write reviews for the medication they take and include in these reviews any general tips, helpful advice or words of encouragement to those looking for support.

iWantGreatCare already has some advice on Copaxone but so much more needs to be shared to ensure people feel supported.

"Knowing it's nothing to worry about and it'll be over soon helps a lot! The first time it's scary as heck." - Patient on iWGC describing side effects of injections

For every review left for MS treatments, iWantGreatCare will donate £2 to the Multiple Sclerosis Society UK. You can find all medications for Multiple Sclerosis here:
Review your MS medication now

If you think you are affected by the symptoms of MS and want more information check out MS Society UK here:
MS Society UK