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Differentiating Aging and MS Progression

August 14, 2015

It is extremely easy to confuse your progressing age with progressing multiple sclerosis symptoms when reaching a certain point in your life.

You could be wondering if the reason you forgot your keys somewhere is just because you’re unfortunately not as young as you used to be or because your MS symptoms are worsening. An incident as small as this is enough to get your worrying and pondering a vast amount of possibilities and horrible situations.

Since most people are diagnosed with the disease from ages of 20 and 50, aging can most definitely be a comparable reason as to why certain things may be changing and happening in your life both physically and mentally.

When attempting to compare the differences between aging and MS, it is sometimes thought as an easy option to of course ask your peers if they are also experiencing these things. There are cases where people will agree, but this may not be the best answer to your questions (even if they are true) as it is pretty easy to blame you MS for difficult things you might be going through.

Some factors associated mentally and physically do of course overlap, such as muscle weakness, balance issues, fatigue, vison problems, cognitive impairment and night terrors. For women, complications can also occur with the arrival of menopause which is a factor of aging that can severely worsen MS symptoms.


Try tracking your progression with someone that doesn’t have MS and comparing yourself and symptoms to what they might be doing. If everyone seems to be forgetting things here and there then you could be in the clear. On the other hand, if you are able to note some larger differences in other areas that you feel uncomfortable with, it might be best to bring it to your doctor’s attention. 

Differentiating Aging and MS Progression - Fri August 14, 2015 1:47 PM