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4 Things You Might Not Know About MS

August 17, 2015

Most people that live with multiple sclerosis or are close to someone that has it are fully aware of the effects the disease has on one’s way of living. Some people might not be aware of all the ins and outs of the disease—whether you are newly diagnosed, know someone with the disease or just want to become more educated on the subject, it is important to be knowledgeable on other aspects of the autoimmune disease. 

1. There are 4 different types of MS.

MS isn’t the same all around, there are actually 4 types of disease and the symptoms vary with each. There is relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), primary-progressive MS (PPMS), secondary-progressive MS (SPMS) and progressive-relapsing MS (PRMS). Those that are diagnosed with the same type of MS will not even share the same symptoms at times, as MS symptoms are all individual to every person.


2.    MS treatments can be extreme.

There is no cure for MS, but there are treatments--some of which can be very painful and extreme. Treatments some MS patients undergo can range anywhere from painful surgeries to injections and chemotherapy treatments.


3.    Symptoms are ever-changing for MS patients.

Someone with MS may think they have a hold on their MS and their particular symptoms, but sometimes MS can take an unexpected turn. Some symptoms one might have been experiencing can come back to them, while other new symptoms can come of the blue. These symptoms can switch on and off, one day everything could be fine and the next they can come back or be even worse than before. This makes it extremely difficult for one to judge their present state of being and even more difficult to predict the future.


4.    It’s a costly disease.


The cost for living with a chronic illness like MS can be extremely expensive. It costs around $20,000 to $30,000 a year. Many earn less than this amount of money as a salary—and this is only for covering medications. This goes to say that not only do MS patients have their bodies controlled by this disease, but their incomes as well. 

4 Things You Might Not Know About MS - Mon August 17, 2015 10:53 AM