Multiple Sclerosis

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What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by destruction of myelin in the central nervous system. MS symptoms may include visual loss, extra-ocular movement disorders, paresthesias, loss of sensation, weakness, dysarthria, spasticity, ataxia, and bladder dysfunction.

What is it like to have Multiple Sclerosis?

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat Multiple Sclerosis and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members
Perceived effectiveness
Overall rating of side effects
# of Evaluations

These charts show data from MS patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Multiple Sclerosis on PatientsLikeMe?

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 32
20s 1,197
30s 5,337
40s 9,213
50s 8,595
60s 3,751
70+ 526


Distribution of females vs. males

80% Females
20% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,135
20-29 years 7,318
30-39 years 7,578
40-49 years 4,536
50-59 years 1,082
60-69 years 90
70+ years 12

Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Primary Progressive 2,162
Progressive Relapsing 1,022
Relapsing-Remitting 19,931
Secondary Progressive 3,421
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 25,334
Not Diagnosed 1,062

These charts show data from MS patients who have completed their condition history
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