In motor neurone disease (MND), motor nerves become damaged and eventually stop working. Therefore, the muscles that the damaged nerves supply gradually lose their strength. There are various subtypes of MND. In each type, symptoms tend to start in different ways. However, as the disease progresses, the symptoms of each type of MND tend to overlap. This means that symptoms in the later stages of each type of MND become similar.
The main types of MND are:
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The MND/ALS Support Group meets quarterly, and aims to provide a platform for peer-to-peer and inter-professional learning. This is run by healthcare professionals and volunteers to provide education, care and support for carers and people living with motor neuron disease, and provide a network for service provision. Each meeting includes an introductory talk, mass exercise and discussion around a pre-identified topic of interest.
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