What to Know About Multiple Sclerosis Progression in Chart Form
Over the past few decades, the quality of life and life expectancy for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) has improved significantly. MS is a neurological condition that affects nearly 1 million American adults. New medications have slowed the progression of the condition.
However, people will generally experience a progression of MS symptoms and severity throughout their lives. There are four stages/types of MS progression:
clinically isolated syndrome
There is no one set timeline or course of MS, but knowing the stage can help you understand and manage your MS.
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.