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Motor neurone disease

Motor neurones are the nerves in your brain and spinal cord that carry messages to your muscles to get them to move. In motor neurone disease (MND) these nerves are destroyed. This leads to your muscles becoming weak.

MND comes on gradually. It usually starts with reduced strength in an arm or leg, or with swallowing or speech difficulties. Over time, movement becomes more difficult and breathing can be affected.

Unfortunately there is no cure for MND. But a lot can be done to maintain your quality of life. The Motor Neurone Disease Association of New Zealand has a lot of information about the condition and where to get help.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated November 2015.

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Page reference: 42519

Review key: HIMND-38768