What Is The Longest Known Period Of Remission For Ms?

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Asked by Puzzled

What Is The Longest Known Period Of Remission For Ms?

I had many of the symptoms for MS in the late 1970's. A ton of tests were performed to determine if I had MS, but it was never confirmed; All they could was say that the tests showed there were a lot of things I DIDN'T have. After about two months of various symptoms, everything disappeared and then re-appeared again for a short while about a year later. Since then, there has been nothing that I am aware of. However, yesterday and today I noticed a bit of double vision while watching television. Also last night, I had a momentary bit of difficulty with my balance. And later the same night, I woke up because my big toe was sticking up and wouldn't relax. I have been under a lot of stress in the last few days and hopefully that is all it is. I was in my late twenties when the original symptoms appeared, and I am now 60 years old. In essence, it has been decades in-between any problems. Can MS go into remission for that long?

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Hi puzzled, djx59 was probably on the right track saying a doctor might know. Ten years is not unusual for a remission period, and I remember reading someone's story who said 16. MS is so unpredictable that I wouldn't doubt if there have been longer remissions. My doctor once told me of cases not detected until autopsy, and that sounds like a long period to me, although it's hard to tell without knowing the entire history. Maybe someone keeps statistics, but the MS documentation is often sporadic and contradictory so it may not be reliable. You have made me curious. I am going to look around. If I find something, I'll let you know. Until then I hope you experience more remission than relapse. Good luck.

Answered by Vicki