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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system. It is the most common disabling neurological disease among young adults and affects around 85,000 people in the UK. It is thought that between 3500 and 4000 people have MS in Northern Ireland. MS is most often diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40 (though it can be earlier or later). MS is the result of damage to myelin - a protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. For more information click here.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
MS affects different people in different ways, and symptoms can vary from day to day. The most common symptoms include:
  • vision problems, including eye pain, dim or blurred vision and double vision
  • problems with walking, balance and coordination
  • stiffness and spasm
  • numbness or "pins and needles"
  • tremor (shakiness)
  • speech difficulties, including slurred speech
  • poor memory, feeling emotional and difficulty in thinking logically
  • painful muscle spasms
  • fatigue
  • muscle weakness
  • difficulty swallowing
  • bladder and bowel problems such as inability to hold urine (incontinence) and constipation
  • sexual difficulties (erectile dysfunction in men)
This is a daunting list, but remember it's unlikely that you will have all of these symptoms.



Cookstown MS Help & Support are a charitable organisation which facilitates a group of individuals to meet together to improve their lives.
We invite anyone who has been diagnosed with MS and their families and carers who live in Cookstown or the surrounding area to join the group.


If you have been diagnosed with MS, come and join us. Let's face the future together