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What are the odds that i'm going to develop multiple sclerosis? how common is this?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Variable.: If you have identical twin with MS, about 30%, but if no relative and you live north of latitudes 39-42, could be as high as 1 in 545 in the general population. About 450,000 cases thought to be in USA, in a population over 300,000,000.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of having multiple sclerosis? How common is it?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Not uncommon: There are estimated to be 400,000 cases in USA, but I think figure is far higher. The incidence in my home state of Colorado is considered to be about 1/500-1/545, and prior statistics were about 1/900, so disease seems to be more often diagnosed these days.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Symptoms of MS: There are primary symptoms and secondary symptoms. Primary symptoms are weakness, numbness, trouble with vision, lasting 24-48 hr. These are called attacks. Secondary symptoms are fatigue, tingling, changes in the mood, worse symptoms in hot weather. These can occur every day. These are just examples, the symptoms vary a lot from person to person.

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