FAQ about MS
Jacqueline Ho | April 8, 2014 Jan 17, 2014
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Who can get MS?
Anyone can develop MS, including children, adults, women and men. MS affects people of most ethnic groups, but it is more common in Caucasians.
How many people worldwide have MS?
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), more than 2.3 million people worldwide have MS. The number is only an estimate because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not require new cases to be reported, and there could be people with MS who do not yet know they have the disease.
Which of these is a typical symptom of MS?
While MS symptoms vary from person to person, people with MS often encounter difficulties with balance and muscle coordination. Other typical symptoms may include fatigue, numbness and tingling sensations, bladder problems and difficulties with vision.
Is MS fatal?
Most people with MS can have a life expectancy as long or almost as long as they would have if they didn't have MS. In severe cases, MS can shorten a person's lifespan. In other rare cases, MS can be terminal if it is very progressive.
Which of these treatments can cure MS?
There are treatments available that may help to manage symptoms and slow the progression of MS, but no current treatments can cure the disease. Scientists are working to develop more effective treatments and are working towards finding a cure.
Is MS contagious or inherited?
MS is not contagious and is not directly inherited. Having a parent or relative with MS does not necessarily mean that you will have the condition. However, some studies suggest that there are genetic factors that can make certain people more likely to have MS.
Does MS cause paralysis?
MS can lead to paralysis in some cases, but most people with MS do not become severely disabled. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), about two-thirds of people with MS will maintain the ability to walk, either by themselves or with an assistive device.