Your immune system normally protects you by fighting off infection, but in MS it attacks your nerves by mistake. Your nerves control lots of different parts of your body. That’s why you can get MS symptoms in many parts of your body. It’s also why everyone’s MS is different.
Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help you to manage the condition and its symptoms. We're here to help you live well with your MS and fund research to stop MS for good.
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Find out more about MS
What is MS?
Types of MS
Signs and symptoms
MS has many symptoms. It's unlikely you'll experience them all - and not at the same time.Find out about different types of MS symptoms and ways to manage them.
Treatments and therapies
There are lots of different ways to manage MS. Explore information on drug treatments, diet, exercise and complementary therapies to find out what might suit you.
When I was diagnosed with MS, it was hard adapting to sometimes accepting help. I've come to realise accepting help from others doesn't mean we're not strong. MS makes us stronger than we ever thought possible. Barbara is a writer diagnosed with MS in 2012
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We can't meet face-to-face right now. But there's still lots of ways to connect with people near you who understand what life's like with MS.
The next research breakthrough is in reach
Your donation will help stop MS.
£30could process one blood sample, giving researchers crucial information about genes and the immune system.
£50could pay for an hour on a microscope, so scientists can study cells and tissue in greater detail and improve their understanding of the biology of MS.
£100could pay for half an hour of MRI use, so researchers can monitor the success of clinical trials and understand MS in more detail.
Every penny you give really does take us a step closer to stopping MS. Your donation will make a difference.
£10a month could pay for lab equipment like microscope slides to study the building blocks of MS
£20a month could pay for lab equipment like petri dishes to grow bacteria important for studying genetics
£30a month could process a blood sample to help us understand what causes MS, so we can stop it in its tracks
Your regular donation means we can keep funding world class MS research with confidence. Together we will stop MS.
We’re the MS Society – a community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers.
We understand what life’s like with MS, and we support each other through the highs, lows and everything in between.
And we’re driving research into more – and better – treatments. For everyone.
Together, we are strong enough to stop MS.