All About MS: Fact or Fiction?
Jacqueline Ho | Sept 9, 2014 Aug 29, 2014
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Multiple Sclerosis is typically diagnosed in 1-3 days.
Some people are fortunate to be diagnosed relatively quickly, but for many people, it can take weeks, months or even years before they are diagnosed with MS. The reason it takes so long to get diagnosed is that MS symptoms resemble symptoms of many other diseases, so health care professionals must test for other medical conditions. There is also no single test available that can determine whether someone has MS.
People with MS should avoid all types of fats in their diet.
While some research has suggested that people with MS may benefit from a low-fat diet, certain types of fats can be helpful. Omega-3 fatty acids, for example, may help slow the progression of MS and reduce frequency of relapses, according to some research. Good sources include salmon, mackerel and sardines.
Fatigue affects less than 50 percent of people with MS.
Fatigue is one of the most common MS symptoms, affecting about 80 percent of people with the condition. However, there are steps a person can take to help manage fatigue, including certain exercises, medications, the use of assistive devices and learning to prioritize.
Doctors most often diagnose MS through a blood test.
When a doctor diagnoses MS, he or she usually performs various tests, some of which may include a CAT scan, MRI, spinal tap, EEG or EMG/NVC test. Doctors have to perform multiple physical tests and evaluations to verify whether a patient's symptoms are caused by MS or another condition.
The majority of MS patients have the same life-expectancy as people who do not have MS
MS is a progressive disease, and some people—about 25 percent of patients—do end up having to use a wheelchair. However, statistics show that MS does not shorten the life-expectancy of patients in most cases.
If a woman with MS gives birth, her risk of having a relapse may increase
Research has shown that a woman's risk of having an MS relapse may increase in the six months following giving birth. However, pregnancy and childbirth have not shown to have long-term effects on MS. Some women have even reported having improved MS symptoms during pregnancy.
Treatments for MS are currently limited to oral medications
There are different types of MS, and symptoms vary from person to person. People also respond differently to different treatments. Current treatment options include oral medications, injectable medications, subcutaneous injections, chemotherapeutic agents and intravenous medications.