Am I Going to Need a Wheelchair?

Most people who have MS usually get around without help. But there may be a time when you’ll need to use a cane or a walker to make it easier. About 25% of people with the condition eventually need a wheelchair.

Can You Catch Multiple Sclerosis From Someone Else? Can You Die From It?

MS is not considered a fatal disease. And you can’t catch it from someone else.

If other people in your family have the disease, you may be more likely to get it at some point.

How do I choose a treatment?

We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that takes into account your unique history and needs. When choosing a treatment, we’ll discuss:

  • Effectiveness. How well does the therapy work, both as you begin therapy and over time?
  • Side effects. Nearly every medication has some kind of side effect. Review the side effects of each treatment option with your medical provider.
  • Lifestyle. Consider how the treatment will fit with your responsibilities (work, travel, family).
  • Medication type. Which delivery method works best for you? Options include injection, oral medications and infusions through an IV.

How Does Deep Brain Stimulation Help?

The main goal of deep brain stimulation for MS is to ease tremors, or shaking you can’t control. It won’t help with other problems, such as loss of vision, feeling, or strength.

Is MS treatable if caught early?

There is no cure for MS (multiple sclerosis), but early, aggressive treatment at the earliest signs of the disease can prevent recurrent attacks.

Is MS treatable if caught early?

No single test exists to diagnose this condition. Instead, neurologists and MS specialists make a diagnosis by gathering information from your medical history, physical exams, imaging and lab test results.

Is There a Cure?

No, but there are many drugs that can keep the disease from getting worse for a while. Along with medications, other treatments like physical therapy, rehab, and speech therapy can help you keep your symptoms under control and live an active life.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • The first warning signs of MS can be dramatic — or so mild that a person doesn’t even notice them.

    The most common early symptoms include:

    Less-common warning signs may be:

    • Slurred speech
    • Suddenly not being able to move part of your body, called paralysis
    • Lack of coordination
    • Problems with thinking and processing information

    As the disease gets worse, other symptoms may include heat sensitivity, fatigue, and changes in thinking.

What can I do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Set up care with a primary care provider to maintain good general health, get your vaccinations, and develop strategies for maintaining low-stress levels, conserving energy, and reducing your risk of illness. Incorporating healthy diets and physical activity into your lifestyle plays a large role in the management of MS.

What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?

Doctors still don’t understand why people get the disease, but genetics, a person’s environment, and possibly even viruses may play a role.

Researchers think MS may be a condition that parents can pass to their children through genes. First-, second- and third-degree relatives of people with the disease have a higher risk of getting it.

Some scientists think people might get multiple sclerosis because they’re born with genes that make their bodies react to a trigger in the environment. Once they’re exposed to it, their immune system starts targeting their own tissues.

Some studies also have suggested that many viruses — such as those for measlesherpes, and the flu — may be linked with MS. But there’s no clear proof of a connection so far.

What do I do if I have a relapse?

Contact your provider, who may want to order blood tests or imaging and prescribe steroid treatment.

What Else Can Help Me?

A positive attitude can lower your stress and help you feel better.

Exercise techniques like tai chi and yoga can relax you and give you more energy, balance, and flexibility. Always check with your doctor before you start a new fitness routine. Don’t exercise so hard that you feel exhausted.

It’s always a good idea to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, too. Ask your doctor what foods are right for you.

What happens when you are first diagnosed with MS?

Numbness or weakness, usually affecting one side of your body at a time. pain when moving your eyes. loss or disturbance of vision, usually in one eye at a time. tingling.

What if I become pregnant?

If you learn that you are pregnant, contact your MS provider, especially if you’re on treatment. Some treatments are safer during pregnancy and breastfeeding than others.

What is a multiple sclerosis relapse?

Commonly called “attacks,” “exacerbations,” or “flare-ups,” MS relapses happen when new symptoms suddenly appear or old symptoms worsen for more than 24 hours. Relapses can last from several days up to several weeks.

What is it like to have MS?

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that causes inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. It can cause:

  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of balance
  • Poor coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors
  • Numbness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Mood changes
  • Dizziness

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

MS is problem with the immune system called an autoimmune disease. Instead of targeting only bacteria, viruses, and other invaders, the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own tissues. In MS, it attacks the brain and spinal cord.

What is the life expectancy after being diagnosed with MS?

An average life span of 25 to 35 years after the diagnosis of MS is often stated. Some of the most common causes of death in MS patients are secondary complications resulting from immobility, chronic urinary tract infections, and compromised swallowing and breathing.

Which Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Is Best for Me?

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the different medications and therapies that can help people with MS.

The first step is to learn about your treatment options and talk about them with your doctor. Think about how well the treatment is supposed to work, any possible side effects, how you’ll take the therapy, and how it fits with your lifestyle.

Your doctor is a good source for information about the different types of treatments. They also can recommend MS support groups and other professionals who can help you.

Who gets multiple sclerosis?

MS occurs more often in women than in men. Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 50 years. It can also occur in children and older adults.

Will I be on a treatment for the rest of my life?

We don’t know. Current research is looking at outcomes in stable patients who stop treatment.

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