MS factors

Other factors are also thought to contribute to MS.

These include:

  • genetics
  • environmental factors, including certain viruses and toxins
  • gender

Who Gets Multiple Sclerosis?

Anyone can get multiple sclerosis. However, certain people seem to be more likely to develop the disease.

Risk factors include:

  • Being between the ages of 20 and 40.
  • Being female (two to three times more women are diagnosed with the disease).
  • Being of Northern European descent.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Like fibromyalgia symptoms, MS symptoms are numerous and widespread. Each sufferer deals with different symptoms, which can change on a daily or weekly basis.

Symptoms often come in the form of attacks, followed by a period of remission.

Common multiple sclerosis symptoms include:

  • fatigue
  • pain
  • abnormal sensations, such as numbness and tingling
  • irritable bladder and bowel
  • depression
  • muscle weakness and muscle spasms
  • vision problems
  • cognitive dysfunction, including memory loss and confusion
  • problems with coordination

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment

There is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, there are a number of different MS treatments aimed at reducing the progression of the disease as well as at eliminating symptoms.

MS treatment takes a multi-faceted approach and can involve:

  • medications to reduce symptoms
  • disease modifying drugs, like Betafere, Avonex, Rebif, and Copaxone
  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • dietary therapy
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