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
Modafinil, Donepezil, Ginkgo Biloba
Naps, Armodafinil, Modafinil
Amantadine, Handicap/Disability Parking Permit, Modafinil
Tizanidine, Walking Stick/Cane, Baclofen
Gabapentin, Ibuprofen, Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen
Oxybutynin, Tolterodine, Solifenacin
Bupropion, Duloxetine, Fluoxetine
Fluoxetine, Escitalopram, Lamotrigine
Polyethylene Glycol 3350, Stool Softener, Fiber supplement
Amitriptyline, Zolpidem, Trazodone
Listen to Music, Sertraline, Citalopram
Sildenafil, Tadalafil, Vardenafil
Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Lorazepam

What do patients take to treat Multiple Sclerosis and its symptoms?

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

(Copaxone)

1604

(Avonex Pen, Avonex Prefilled Syringe, Avonex)

885

(Rebif Rebidose, Rebif)

833

(Antegren, Tysabri)

653

(Uribeta, Extavia, Betaseron, Betaferon)

456

(Miorel, Gabalon, Mylan Baclofen, Kemstro)

261

(Gilenya, MS Phase 3 Fingolimod FREEDOMS, MS Phase 3 Study Fingolimod FREEDOMS II, MS Phase 3 Fingolimod TRANSFORMS)

245
206

(Wockhardt Methylprednisolone, Urbason solubile, Advantan, Medrol)

186

(ReVia, Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))

181

(Modavigil, Modiodal, Provigil, Alertec)

120

(Tecfidera)

113

(Pulmison, Pronizon, Deltasone, Encorton)

81

(Holistic Vitamin D, Rexall Vitamin D, Genestra D-Mulsion 1000, Webber Vitamin D)

71

(Novantrone)

58

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?

  • 33,364 patients have this condition
  • 180 new patients joined this month
  • 32,747 say MS is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 35
20s 1,253
30s 5,229
40s 8,498
50s 7,547
60s 3,084
70+ 406

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

80% Females
20% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,025
20-29 years 7,005
30-39 years 7,264
40-49 years 4,320
50-59 years 1,032
60-69 years 82
70+ years 10

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Primary Progressive 1,933
Progressive Relapsing 891
Relapsing-Remitting 18,336
Secondary Progressive 3,071
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 24,257
Not Diagnosed 1,016

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