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Does Ms Always Progress
MS varies: MS is a variable illness. About 1/7 cases are very simple, with few attacks and symptoms. Many cases have multiple relapses, some cases result in progressive illness, and some rare cases are very aggressive or difficult to treat. MS has become a much more manageable illness with good outcomes over the past 20-30 years, although there are exceptions too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple sclerosis: Ms is a disease of the brain & spinal cord in which inflammation damages fatty tissue called myelin that surrounds certain nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The "myelin" acts like insulation around an electric wire. When its damaged nerve cells can not send messages to other parts of the nervous system normally. This can result various symptoms, weakness, speech or vision issues, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Who gets MS: People everywhere may develop multiple sclerosis. It most often starts between ages 20-40. Cases of teenagers and older adults are less common. It is more common in climates that are cold, cloudy, and located in far northern or far southern latitudes. Family history and smoking are related to MS, but are not the cause. MS is relatively rare, it is present in only 2 million people worldwide ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes..but low ..: Even in identical twins, the incidence is only 20-35%, thus environmental factors (infections such as epstein virus, geography, vitamin d deficiency? +others factors, unknown) play more important role than genetic in development of ms..There is still much ongoing research in this area and hopefully will shed more light in the years ahead. It is a difficult one if you have ms, best of luck to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benign MS: About 15% of people with MS have only 1-2 attacks of neurological deficit, otherwise, they have an entirely normal life. This is the case even if they are not treated for MS. It would be nice to know how to predict who will have such a clinical course. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Process: History and physical exam suggests the diagnosis. MRI films demonstrating old and new lesions together, scattered about the brain white matter, can be confirmatory, and lesions in both brain and spinal cord can clinch the diagnosis. Spinal fluid often useful if the films are ambiguous, and blood studies are obtained to exclude other disorders which may mimic MS. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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