Motor neurone disease (MND) describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do. With MND, messages from these nerves gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste.
MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. Some people also experience changes to their thinking and behaviour. However, MND affects everyone differently. Not all symptoms will affect everyone, or in the same order. Symptoms also progress at varying speeds, which makes the course of the disease difficult to predict.
Please watch this video from the MND Association which helps to explain:
There are different types of MND; Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the most common form of MND, Bulbar onset MND or Progressive bulbar palsy (PBP), Progressive muscular atrophy (PMA) and Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS). The MND Association also support people living with Kennedys Disease.
To see more information, please visit the What is MND section of the MND Associations website here.