Ménière's Disease (MD) is a disorder of the inner ear, characterised by vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss. Ménière's Disease is a long term, progressive disease which damages both the balance and hearing parts of the inner ear.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining (meninges) which covers the spinal cord and the brain.
Common symptoms are usually high fever, headache, stiff neck and a red/purple rash which remains when pressed and looked at through a glass tumbler.
Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection, or is occasionally due to a fungal infection.
Viral meningitis can be very unpleasant, but is generally less severe and is usually without long-term effects.
Bacterial meningitis is more serious and, although some do make a full recovery, others may be left with problems such as long-term brain damage, hearing loss and epilepsy.
The meningococcal bacterium that causes meningitis can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning). If a patient has some symptoms of both meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia, then together these two forms of the disease are known as meningococcal disease.
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Men ACWY vaccine (NHS Choices) Young teenagers and 'fresher' students going to university for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis W disease. https://tinyurl.com/qh2b5me
Primary: the brain fails to grow to the correct size during pregnancy
Secondary: the brain is the expected size at birth but subsequently fails to grow normally
Source: Current Opinion in Neurobiology 14(1) February 2004
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Migraine is a debilitating neurological condition, which often strikes without warning. It affects different people in different ways, but common symptoms include an intense, throbbing headache (usually on one-side of the head), sensitivity to light and noise, nausea or vomiting. Visual disturbances, or aura, are also common. • The British Deaf Association has information in BSL about Migraine.
• Channel 5 is looking for people with migraine to take part in a new documentary.
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The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Migraine and on a wide range of disability-related issues.Visit our library to read Migraine Action's info pack "Supporting young migraineurs".
Motor Neuron Disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Symptoms of Motor Neurone Disease
Motor Neurone Disease is an uncommon disease, which causes a progressive degeneration of the motor system (the nerve cells that controls the muscles). It is a slowly progressive disease, whose common systems include muscle wasting/weakness, muscle cramps and difficulty with swallowing and with speech.
Multiple Sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological disorder affecting young adults. MS occurs as the result of damage to myelin - the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system. This damage interferes with messages between the brain and other parts of the body.
MS Register A ground-breaking study designed to increase our understanding of living with MS in the UK www.ukmsregister.orgTrigeminal Neuralgia (NORD, U.S. National Organization for Rare Disorders) Includes details of TN2, 'atypical' or 'symptomatic' Trigeminal Neuralgia https://tinyurl.com/y28z9njm
MSA is caused by the degeneration of cells in certain areas of the brain, which control different body systems. This cell degeneration causes problems with movement, balance and automatic functions of the body, such as bladder control.
Support for young people (Multiple System Atrophy Trust) Although children and young people do not get MSA they will still be affected by any diagnosis of MSA within the family. https://tinyurl.com/y4rkrcpm
The muscular dystrophies are a group of neuromuscular disorders. These conditions are characterised by the loss of muscle strength, as progressive muscle wasting or nerve deterioration occurs. Many, but not all, are inherited.
Please see the Muscular Dystrophy UK website to find details of all types of neuromuscular conditions.
A guide for parents: children with muscle-wasting conditions (Muscular Dystrophy UK) An introductory guide for families with a child newly diagnosed with muscular dystrophy or an associated neuromuscular condition https://tinyurl.com/y4sxydo3
M.E. is a potentially chronic and disabling neurological disorder, which is characterised by persistent fatigue and muscle pain. Symptoms can include cognitive problems such as loss of memory and concentration, recurrent sore throat and enlarged neck glands, disturbed sleep patterns and persistent headaches.
Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disease, which results in a breakdown in communication between nerve and muscle. This results in a loss of effectiveness of the muscle. The progression and severity of the disease vary widely. Some patients only ever develop eye muscle weakness - this is called ocular myasthenia. Others also have more widespread weakness - generalised myasthenia.
Ocular Myasthenia Gravis - confined to eye muscles