March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Posted March 9th, 2015 by

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects more than 2.5 million people worldwide, and in the United States alone, about 200 new people are diagnosed each week. Those are just a couple of the many reasons why the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) recognizes March as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.

What more do we know about MS? Doctors are unsure of the root cause of the condition, but women are twice as likely as men to develop MS. Additionally, the farther away from the equator you live, the greater likelihood you’ll experience MS – overall, your lifetime chance of developing MS is about 1 in 1,000.1

Did you know that there are four different types of MS? Each one affects people a little differently.

  • Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) affects the large majority (85 percent) of MS patients, and this type features clearly defined periods when symptoms get worse and activity decreases.
  • Primary-progressive MS (PPMS) causes a clear progression of symptoms and equally affects men and women.
  • Secondary-progressive (SPMS) is a form of PPMS which is initially diagnosed in only about 10 percent of patients.
  • Progressive-relapsing MS (PRMS) is found in only 5 percent of MS patients, but these people have both clear relapses and a clear progression of symptoms.

So now that you know more about MS, what can you do to help raise awareness? Here are just a few of the ways the MSAA recommends:

  • Read one of the MSAA’s publications, including the recently published annual MS Research Update, which includes the latest developments in MS treatments and research.
  • Find and attend one of the MSAA’s educational events for people with MS and their care partners.
  • Register for Swim for MS, which encourages volunteers to create their own swim challenge while recruiting online donations.
  • Check out the Australian MS Society’s Seeing [MS] campaign, which features MS patients and photographers working together to visualize the invisible symptoms of MS.
  • Share on social media using the #MSawareness hashtag and MSAA profile badge.

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with MS, check out our MS patient interviews and blog posts, or join more than 38,000 people with MS at PatientsLikeMe.

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1 http://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/facts-statistics-infographic


2 Comments

  1. I have PPMS diagnosed in 2010. When the monthly infusions of steroid stopped working I found through research a drug called low dose Naltrexone. I believe that this has slowed the progression of my disease. I have hand tremors and ataxia but I am still able to walk with the aid of a walker and do my daily chores around my house. I have I have a wonderful support system that includes my husband my children and a wonderful extended family. I Will not allow this disease to rule my life. I have A positive outlook on life and my neurologist is incredible he is also very supportive of me

  2. I was diagnosed in 2010 and have seemed to go down hill quickly. In six years I can no longer work and have real problems with balance and joint pain. Brain fog is really bad sometimes. I took rebif and had a lot of problems and had to quit. I have been on techfadera (not spelled right) for a few years and have several side effects. I think I need to change meds. Has anyone used methotrexate? I feel lost and my doctor says I need to work harder.

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