The substance ‘myelin’ protects the nerve fibres in the central nervous system, which helps messages travel quickly and smoothly between the brain and the rest of the body. In MS, your immune system, which normally helps to fight off infections, mistakes myelin for a foreign body and attacks it. This damages the myelin and strips it of the nerve fibres, either slightly or completely, leaving scars known as lesions or plaques. This damage disrupts messages travelling along nerve fibres – they can slow down, become distorted, or not get through at all.
As well as losing the myelin, there can sometimes be damage to the actual nerve fibres too. It’s this nerve damage that causes the increase in disability that can occur over time*. Sciensus support patients by providing a medication home delivery service. This service means that we would manage your repeat prescriptions and dispense and deliver your medication to your home within a pre-arranged date / time with yourself. To access this service, a referral from your hospital is required.