Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects your brain and spinal cord. In MS, the coating that protects your nerves (myelin) is damaged, and this causes a range of symptoms.

There are many symptoms, but some of the more common ones are:

Fatigue: This feeling of being exhausted isn’t like normal tiredness. It can make doing things (even thinking) very hard or impossible

Strange feelings: You may get numbness or tingling in your arms, legs, hands or feet

Eye problems: Your sight might become blurred or you may see double. For a while you might not see through one or both eyes

You may also feel or have:

  • Dizziness
  • Problems with your balance
  • Pain
  • Problems walking
  • Problems with talking or swallowing
  • Muscle stiffness and spasms (sudden movements you can’t control)
  • Bladder or bowels not working properly
  • Shaking in arms or legs (called ‘tremor’)
  • Forgetting things and difficulties with thinking

Living with MS can bring real challenges but a lot has changed since the first effective treatments became available. Life with MS these days is less about what you can’t do, but more about what you can do.

At Eximius we’re here to help our clients and their families to  find ways to live their life to the fullest. Our companions  are trained to care appropriately and sensitively for clients living with MS, giving them their privacy and dignity when needed. We can help to lower their stress levels which has a definite impact on our clients overall health.

Eximius companions also ensure our clients have a healthy and balanced diet, take part in appropriate physical activity such as gardening and walking, and if needed work with different health professionals such as speech and language therapist, Physiotherapists and OT’s.

For other useful information visit www.mssociety.org.uk.