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.

Common symptoms reported by people with 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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Treatments taken by people with Multiple Sclerosis

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Tecfidera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
845
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (845) Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Copaxone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
639
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (639) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Gilenya)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
423
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (423) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
369
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (284) Stiffness/Spasticity (201)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Tysabri)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
353
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (353) Fatigue (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Rebif)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
225
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (225) Fatigue (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Avonex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
200
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (200) Fatigue (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Aubagio)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
199
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (199) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ampyra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
192
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (190) Stiffness/Spasticity (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
128
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (91) Fatigue (75)
3 more

Data from patients with Multiple Sclerosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Multiple Sclerosis

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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Tecfidera)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (709 evaluations)
Side effects
Flushing Facial flushing 214 more
How many evaluations
707
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (845) Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Copaxone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (457 evaluations)
Side effects
Injection site pain Injection site itching 144 more
How many evaluations
458
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (639) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Gilenya)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (291 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 108 more
How many evaluations
295
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (423) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (156 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 51 more
How many evaluations
240
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (284) Stiffness/Spasticity (201)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Tysabri)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (249 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 89 more
How many evaluations
252
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (353) Fatigue (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Rebif)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (144 evaluations)
Side effects
Flu like symptoms Headaches 95 more
How many evaluations
144
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (225) Fatigue (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Avonex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (156 evaluations)
Side effects
Flu like symptoms Fever/chills 82 more
How many evaluations
156
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (200) Fatigue (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Aubagio)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (156 evaluations)
Side effects
Hair loss Diarrhea 56 more
How many evaluations
159
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (199) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ampyra)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (136 evaluations)
Side effects
Insomnia Anxious mood 41 more
How many evaluations
159
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (190) Stiffness/Spasticity (3)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Dizziness 30 more
How many evaluations
81
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (91) Fatigue (75)
3 more

Data from patients with Multiple Sclerosis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Multiple Sclerosis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 38
20s 1,516
30s 7,498
40s 14,004
50s 13,730
60s 6,886
70+ 1,146

Sex

Distribution of sex

82% Female
18% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,721
20-29 years 8,864
30-39 years 9,264
40-49 years 5,546
50-59 years 1,359
60-69 years 120
70+ years 16

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Primary Progressive 3,189
Progressive Relapsing 1,883
Relapsing-Remitting 30,501
Secondary Progressive 4,750
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 31,002
Not Diagnosed 1,325

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