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 30
20s 1,149
30s 5,160
40s 8,784
50s 8,193
60s 3,559
70+ 501


Distribution of females vs. males

80% Females
20% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,111
20-29 years 7,222
30-39 years 7,498
40-49 years 4,469
50-59 years 1,069
60-69 years 87
70+ years 11

Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Primary Progressive 2,036
Progressive Relapsing 968
Relapsing-Remitting 19,171
Secondary Progressive 3,259
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 25,020
Not Diagnosed 1,054

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