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

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?

  • 34,276patients have this condition
  • 289new patients joined this month
  • 33,643say MS is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 30
20s 1,195
30s 5,207
40s 8,673
50s 8,006
60s 3,375
70+ 471


Distribution of females vs. males

80% Females
20% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,078
20-29 years 7,139
30-39 years 7,423
40-49 years 4,428
50-59 years 1,062
60-69 years 88
70+ years 11

Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Primary Progressive 1,994
Progressive Relapsing 947
Relapsing-Remitting 18,911
Secondary Progressive 3,195
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 24,787
Not Diagnosed 1,043

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