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Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the nervous system. It causes inflammation and scarring to nerves. The inflammation can heal over time. Symptoms can go away completely or you may have permanent effects. MS affects around one in 1,000 New Zealanders.

Being diagnosed with MS can be a difficult and worrying time. Being well-informed and getting support can help and prepare you for the future. Many people with MS are able to live normal lives with some or no disability.

Many people with MS are able to live normal lives with minimal or no disability. But if you are disabled due to your MS, the links below provide information on local resources to assist in your day to day living. There may also be financial assistance available.

  HealthInfo recommends the following pages

Information about MS and local support organisations

Disability assistance

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated November 2015.

See also:

Disability aids

Financial support for health costs

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Review key: HIMSC-58142