Multiple Sclerosis Care
MS is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (the brain, nerves and spinal cord). The brain sends messages to the rest of your body through the central nervous system and if this is damaged it means the messages slow down, are disrupted or stop altogether. There are approximately 100,000 people in the UK with MS.
Due to the nature of MS a diagnosis can take some time. Often by the time a formal diagnosis is made it may be a relief to be able to finally understand the symptoms. MS symptoms can come and go, and people have different levels of family and friend support so it means no care plan is the same. Our support can be increased or reduced as needed. At Lillyfields we are experienced in MS and how to provide the best domiciliary care.
Typical activities include:
- Medicine management
- Bathing and dressing
- Catheter care and continence management
- Help to establish regular exercise into the structure of the day
- Diet management – checking fluid levels and ensuring there is a balanced diet
- Assisting with routine household chores and shopping
- Companionship and helping you to be involved in social activities.
Our services provide the practical support and care needed to maintain the best possible quality of life.
MS symptoms vary from person to person because it depends on which nerves are affected and the extent of the damage. Unlike most other diseases symptoms can also come and go. Some people have symptoms for a few weeks and are then free of all symptoms for months or even years. Normally symptoms worsen over time as the nerves become increasingly damaged.
Common symptons are:
- Overwhelming fatigue
- Dizzy spells
- Loss of balance
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty moving arms or legs
- Bowel and bladder problems
- Double vision, eye discomfort or loss of vision
- Memory problems
- Sexual dysfunction
As with many diseases the earlier you seek medical help the higher the possibility the progression of the disease can be slowed down and symptoms controlled. MS diagnosis is complex because there is no single test. Normally you would have a neurological examination and an MRI scan, but often the type of MS only becomes clear over time because of the range of symptoms.
NHS Choices – Multiple Sclerosis Guide