Jack Osbourne diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)

Jack Osbourne, son of Black Sabbath star Ozzy Osbourne and former X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne, has announced that he was diagnosed with the neurological condition, multiple sclerosis (MS) a month ago. His diagnosis came following a 60% vision loss in his right eye.

The condition mainly affects young adults of Jack’s age, and approximately 100,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with MS. It is caused by nerve damage although it is unknown exactly what leads to the messages from the brain being disturbed. Sharon Osbourne worried and kept thinking “What did I do wrong, what did I eat or drink when I was pregnant?”

Although the reasons for developing MS are unknown, it is very unlikely to be a result of behaviour when pregnant and is more likely to relate to a virus or lack of vitamins.

Symptoms of MS to look out for include speech difficulties, bladder problems and problems with movement or coordination. If you think you may be experiencing one or more of these symptoms there are a range of new treatments available and a number of specialists to contact. Jack will be using drugs, holistic therapy and lifestyle changes to treat his MS, other treatments include physiotherapy, diet changes, neurosurgery and neuromodulation.

For further information about multiple sclerosis, its diagnosis and treatment, see “What is the best treatment for multiple sclerosis?

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