Test Your MS Knowledge
Chris Regal | April 18, 2012
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There are only two types of MS progressive-relapsing MS and primary-progressive MS.
Every person with MS is unique. There are generally four recognized types of MS: a)relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) b)secondary-progressive MS (SPMS) c) primary-progressive MS (PPMS) d) progressive-relapsing MS (PRMS).
People with MS only have symptoms during a relapse (exacerbation or attack).
People with MS often have symptoms, like fatigue and numbness between relapses.
MS symptoms are caused only by damage to the myelin.
Researchers are recognizing what a famous neurologist described over 100 years ago, that MS affects not only the myelin (covering of the nerves) with demyelination, but also the axons (nerve fibers) with axonal transaction and loss.
Symptoms often include difficulty walking, problems with eyesight, peripheral neuropathy and fatigue.
MS can affect almost every aspect of the central nervous system (CNS), with symptoms like fatigue, walking difficulty, and problems with eyesight. Peripheral neuropathy can be seen in people with diabetes and many other conditions, but is not usually caused by MS.
The only way to treat MS symptoms is with medications.
Medications are one way to treat MS symptoms, but there are other ways too, including physical and occupational therapy, yoga, tai chi, meditation, and complementary and alternative medicine approaches.
People with MS should stop exercising.
Years ago people with MS were told incorrectly to stop exercising. Nowadays most experts agree that leading a healthy lifestyle - including exercising - is better for an MS patient.