Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis

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Insights & Information

MS Prevalence

MS is a rare condition, affecting about one in every 11110 people globally.

More people tend to have MS in colder regions - further from the equator, though there are also other complicating factors. [1]

Genetics

Genetically, MS is complex, as over 200 genes have been associated with MS risk.

The heritability of MS is medium - 48% - 64% [2]

Main Symptoms

Fatigue
Pain
Diminished Vision
Feelings of hot or cold
Pins & needles
Numbness
'Electric shock' like sensations
Depression
Heightened sensation
Weakness / tremors
Gait problems
Speech disorders
Loss of balance/falling
Altered hearing/taste

Symptoms vary between people, and can change over time. [3]

Impacts

Many autoimmune conditions impact more women than men - in the case of MS about 2 to 3 times more women than men have the condition. [4]

More than 85% of people with MS experience periods of relapse (worsening symptoms) and remission (improving symptoms) after their diagnosis.

Resources for advice

These are the best resources we've found so far on managing and learning about MS . Please let us know if you have other and we'll add them to the list!

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