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)

(Copaxone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
885
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (884) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Gilenya)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
609
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (609)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
596
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (525) Stiffness/Spasticity (241)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Tysabri)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
522
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (522) Fatigue (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Tecfidera)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
513
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (513)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ampyra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
449
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (444) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Rebif)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
398
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (398) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Avonex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
292
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (292) Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
238
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (208) Fatigue (105)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
166
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (159) Pain (5)
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 (480 evaluations)
Side effects
Injection site reaction Injection site pain 142 more
How many evaluations
480
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (884) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Gilenya)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (380 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Elevated liver enzymes 154 more
How many evaluations
384
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (609)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mylan Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (160 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Tiredness 65 more
How many evaluations
224
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (525) Stiffness/Spasticity (241)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Tysabri)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (352 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Fatigue 105 more
How many evaluations
354
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (522) Fatigue (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Tecfidera)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (368 evaluations)
Side effects
Flushing Facial flushing 152 more
How many evaluations
366
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (513)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ampyra)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (205 evaluations)
Side effects
Insomnia Dizziness 55 more
How many evaluations
253
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (444) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Rebif)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (221 evaluations)
Side effects
Flu like symptoms Headaches 125 more
How many evaluations
222
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (398) Stiffness/Spasticity (5)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Avonex)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (188 evaluations)
Side effects
Flu like symptoms Fever/chills 99 more
How many evaluations
188
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (292) Fatigue (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (63 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Insomnia 32 more
How many evaluations
102
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (208) Fatigue (105)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Solu-Medrol Infusion)
Perceived effectiveness
for Multiple Sclerosis (134 evaluations)
Side effects
Metallic taste in mouth Insomnia 120 more
How many evaluations
153
Tried for
Multiple Sclerosis (159) Pain (5)
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 1,220
30s 5,737
40s 10,303
50s 9,884
60s 4,582
70+ 686

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,250
20-29 years 7,619
30-39 years 7,929
40-49 years 4,772
50-59 years 1,155
60-69 years 98
70+ years 14

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Primary Progressive 2,478
Progressive Relapsing 1,208
Relapsing-Remitting 22,170
Secondary Progressive 3,894
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 26,539
Not Diagnosed 1,125

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