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Is Multiple Sclerosis Fatal
Not usually: Ms is a chronic neurological condition, characterized by episodes of neurological disability of variable severity and recovery. A minority of inidividuals can have a very aggressive course, and become so disabled that they are at risk of secondary medical complications which may be fatal. There are subtypes of MS which are so aggressive that a fatal outcome can happen. Fortunately these are rare. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A disorder causing usually episodic loss of myelin (demyelination) which disrupts function of central nervous system. Can lead to nerve damage because nerve requires myelin to function best. Classically relapsing and remitting or chronic and progressive. The former is characterized by transient neurological episodes of dysfunction separate in time and in space ...Read more
Not necessarily : Ms has been said to shorten life span, and untreated this is correct, but several studies have supported normal life if appropriate potent meds are employed. Primary progressive ms does not respond well to the usual meds, and mostly symptomatic interventions are used. There are many research projects nowadays, and best to contact a medical school and get involved. ...Read more
Is multiple sclerosis ever fatal? I’ve just been diagnosed with ms. My doctor says most people live normal lives, but what about those who don’t? Do some people die from it?
Do not worry: Multiple sclerosis is a treatable and controllable disorder, and typically, if treated appropriately, there is a normal lifespan. In this day and age, we have potent oral meds, and promising infusion agents, and more on the way. Work with a ms specialist, supplement vitamin d, take a potent disease modifying agent, and you should do very well indeed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prog.disease: There is a variant form of MS that is very aggressive that can lead to coma or death. However most of the other forms do not have such a grave prognosis. If left untreated >30 % of patients will develop significant disability within 20->25 years after onset. Life expectancy is shortened only slightly, death usually results from secondary complications. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. Is this a fatal disease?
Cannot predict: Primary progressive ms is typically without rapid relapses, but also, without remission. Does not seem to respond well to meds employed in relapsing/remitting form. Most active therapy is symptomatic. However, research is ongoing with Gilenya for ppms. Other drugs not yet on the market are being studied. Best bet is to get into one of these studies. Contact local medical school. Stay positive. ...Read more
No: They are two completely different diseases.Get a more detailed answer ›
Might be difficult: In a friend who is being treated and controlled with potent meds, you might think they look completely normal. If undiagnosed, they might display inordinate fatigue, get confused with poor memory, have bad balance, trouble with visual loss, weakness in legs, etc. This is a complex area for most physicians, and an ms specialty focused neurologist is critical. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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