If you were to meet several multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and interview them about their symptoms, then you’d find out that their experiences with the disease are quite varied. Diagnosing patients with MS is difficult as the symptoms that a patient experiences and the trajectory of the illness vary from person to person. How the disease develops is largely contingent upon the type of MS that a patient is diagnosed with.
At least 15 percent of all patients with MS are diagnosed with the primary-progressive type of the condition. It mostly affects those 40 and up. Patients who receive this diagnosis often tend to experience a progressive worsening of their symptoms without receiving any let up in the form of remissions or relapses.
When patients are first diagnosed with MS, they often are told that they have the relapsing-remitting variety of the disease. Often times, those with this variant of the condition experience intermittent days- or weeks-long periods of recovery and relapse, or a worsening of their symptoms. Some patients may even experience attacks that last several months, during which their symptoms remain consistent.
Before patients are diagnosed with secondary-progressive MS, they’re often first diagnosed with the relapsing-remitting type of MS first. It’s common for those newly diagnosed with this strain to experience immediate symptoms of disease, although it can take decades for some. Patients with this form of the disease tend to experience increasingly more debilitating and constant symptoms.
A patient’s diagnosis of the progressive-relapsing type of MS is rare. It’s often misdiagnosed as primary-progressive MS. Patients who are diagnosed with this condition tend to experience increasingly worsening symptoms and some even experience intermittent flare-ups soon followed by recovery.
MS is a neurological condition that can weaken certain parts of patient’s body, slowly rob a patient of their ability to be mobile, ability to remember or reason through things or speak. If your illness is debilitating and affects your ability to work, then a Dauphin attorney may advise you that you qualify to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).