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

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Treatments taken by people with Multiple Sclerosis

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

(Copaxone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
865
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (864) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Gilenya)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
616
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (616)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
589
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (516) Stiffness/Spasticity (240)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Tecfidera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
531
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (531)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tysabri)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
499
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (499) Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ampyra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
418
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (413) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Rebif)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
384
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (384) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Avonex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
282
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (282) Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
225
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (197) Fatigue (98)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
159
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (154) Stiffness/Spasticity (4)
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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Copaxone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (468 evaluations)
Side effects
Injection site reaction Injection site pain 145 more
How many evaluations
469
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (864) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Gilenya)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (384 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Elevated liver enzymes 162 more
How many evaluations
388
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (616)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (162 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Tiredness 66 more
How many evaluations
225
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (516) Stiffness/Spasticity (240)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Tecfidera)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (386 evaluations)
Side effects
Flushing Facial flushing 156 more
How many evaluations
384
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (531)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tysabri)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (312 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Fatigue 104 more
How many evaluations
313
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (499) Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ampyra)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (183 evaluations)
Side effects
Insomnia Dizziness 54 more
How many evaluations
221
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (413) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Rebif)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (214 evaluations)
Side effects
Flu like symptoms Headaches 118 more
How many evaluations
215
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (384) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Avonex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (183 evaluations)
Side effects
Flu like symptoms Fever/chills 99 more
How many evaluations
183
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (282) Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (63 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Insomnia 31 more
How many evaluations
102
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (197) Fatigue (98)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (127 evaluations)
Side effects
Metallic taste in mouth Insomnia 99 more
How many evaluations
137
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (154) Stiffness/Spasticity (4)
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 27
20s 1,254
30s 5,888
40s 10,661
50s 10,247
60s 4,778
70+ 707

Sex

Distribution of sex

81% Female
19% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,276
20-29 years 7,692
30-39 years 8,018
40-49 years 4,843
50-59 years 1,170
60-69 years 98
70+ years 14

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Primary Progressive 2,555
Progressive Relapsing 1,272
Relapsing-Remitting 22,866
Secondary Progressive 3,993
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 26,863
Not Diagnosed 1,140

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