World Multiple Sclerosis Day is observed on 30 May worldwide to create public awareness on multiple sclerosis (MS) and to make life less difficult for people affected by multiple sclerosis. In 2009, the MS International Federation (MSIF) and its members initiated the first World MS Day.
The theme for World MS Day 2020-2022 is ‘Connections’.
The MS Connections campaign is all about building community connection, self-connection and connections to quality care.
The campaign tagline is ‘I Connect, We Connect’ and the campaign hashtag is #MSConnections.
MS Connections challenges social barriers that leave people affected by MS feeling lonely and socially isolated. It is an opportunity to advocate for better services, celebrate support networks and champion self-care.
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in which the protective sheath that covers the nerves gets destroyed which disrupts the communication between brain and the rest of the body. This leads to difficulty in speech, sight and ability to move. Although the exact cause is unknown, it's considered an autoimmune disease.
Symptoms: Fatigue, weakness, numbness of the face, body, or extremities (arms and legs), dizziness, vision problems, walking difficulties, bladder and bowel problems, sexual problems, and emotional and cognitive changes.
Diagnosis: There are no specific tests for MS. The medical history, clinical examination, lab tests and MRI imaging of the brain help physicians to rule out other diseases and confirm the MS diagnosis.
Management: There is no cure for multiple sclerosis. Management of MS includes medication for slowing the progression of the disease and managing MS symptoms. Physiotherapy and lifestyle modification are also important aspect for improving the quality of life in person with MS.
Lifestyle modification includes:
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