Carol has lived with MS since 1998. Learn more about MS and the unpredictable effects on over 22,000 people currently diagnosed in Australia.

Who gets MS?

Diagnosis of MS is typically between 20 and 40 years of age, although onset of symptoms may be earlier. Three times more women are affected by MS than men and it is more common in cooler climates.

In Australia, over 22,000 people currently have MS however this figure is increasing as diagnosis methods become more advanced.

One in 20 Australians will be touched by MS through a family member, colleague or friend who is living with the disease.

What are typical symptoms of MS?

Symptoms of MS are unpredictable and change from person to person, and from time to time in the same person. They may include tiredness, blurry vision, loss of balance and muscle coordination, slurred speech, difficulty walking, short-term memory loss, tingling and numbness or in severe cases tremors and paralysis.

Can MS be cured?

MS is a lifelong disease for which a cure is yet to be found. However, doctors and scientists are making discoveries in treating and understanding MS every day and research to find a cure is very encouraging.

MS Australia

MS Australia provides programs and choices to people with MS including a range of residential facilities, social support programs, accommodation support services, attendant care in private homes, involvement with regional centres and country link programs. These services are vital to maintain the independence and dignity of people with MS. We also lobby the Government for a better deal for people with MS and provide the vital information that people with MS need to make decisions on their future.

While supporting this search for a cure, MS Australia also provides information and advice on the treatments available, which means people with MS can better manage their symptoms.

MS Australia is also the largest funder of MS research in Australia through its research branch MS Research Australia.

If you would like more information on multiple sclerosis, click here to visit the MS Australia website  or contact MS Connect on 1800 042 138.

MS Australia Website