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A 37-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
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Most recent statistics, early 2022, estimates more than one million Americans may have Multiple Sclerosis.
Jan 20, 2022

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What are the common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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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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