There are typically two types of people with multiple sclerosis, varying in age and symptoms.
Neurologist Lauren B. Krupp, M.D., director of NYU Langone’s Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center in New York City, explains the characteristics commonly found in people with multiple sclerosis.
Who Is a Typical MS Patient?
The typical MS patient is one of two types. The first type is a young person, meaning in their 20s, 30s, sometimes early 40s, who presents with new onset problems related to the nervous system. Those could be motor or sensory, or they could be visual. Typically, these problems get better. The other typical type of MS person, which is maybe in 10% to 15%, is a little bit older, mid-40s to mid-50s, who has instead of a transient problem, a very slowly, insidious progressive problem, in walking or in strength. Those are the two main ways that MS can present.