Motor Neurone Disease is a condition that affects the brain and nerves,so messages from the motor neurones gradually stop reaching the muscles. This leads on to muscle weakeness, and the muscles become stiff and waste and eventually leads to paralysis. Motor Neurone Disease can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. Some people also experience changes to their thinking and behaviour, Motor Neurone Disease 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 and sometimes difficult to diagnose. Motor Neurone Disease is life-shortening and there is no cure and can significantly shorten life expectancy and, unfortunately, eventually leads to death. There is a 1 in 300 risk of getting MND across a lifetime. It can affect adults of any age. MND affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.
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