On 30 May we celebrate World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) day! This year’s theme is ‘connections’ – all about building connection, championing self-care and improving connections to good quality care.
It’s also a great time to raise awareness of MS so we can create a more accurate and understanding view of MS. There are many myths and misconceptions out there about MS, which can be misleading offensive and stigmatising. So, here we’re breaking down four common myths.
Common myths about MS:
1. MS is contagious
MS is not contagious and not directly inherited from your parents!
2. MS is caused by a poor diet or lack of exercise
MS is an autoimmune disease. The exact cause of MS is unknown, but it most definitely isn’t caused by poor diet or a lack of exercise. Many genetics and environmental factors can contribute to the development of MS.
3. MS is a mental illness
MS isn’t a mental illness – it’s a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. MS can cause a variety of symptoms including fatigue, vision problems, numbness and tingling. However, the severity of these symptoms varies from person to person.
4. There is no treatment for MS
Whilst there’s currently no cure for MS, a variety of treatment options exist that can help to manage symptoms and slow the progression of MS.