MS 101: Multiple Sclerosis Facts and Myths
- by Teva's Lift MS® Team
- December 31, 2018
In the search for MS information, we’re sure that you’ve heard a few things that don’t quite sound right. Maybe you read an article online that made you scratch your head. Or perhaps you were given a piece of advice from someone who had the best intentions but limited experience.
We’re here to set the record straight! Below are some common myths we’ve heard about multiple sclerosis, followed by the facts. We hope you can use this to help clear up some of the confusion around MS.
Myth #1: Everyone with MS experiences the same symptoms.
Fact: This is a common misconception. Everyone’s multiple sclerosis is different, which means that no two people will experience exactly the same symptoms. According to neurologist Dr. Singer, it’s important to be your own advocate and learn about the common symptoms of MS. Also, according to the National MS Society (NMSS), each person’s symptoms could also change or fluctuate over time. That’s why it is so important to stay in regular contact with your healthcare professional throughout your experiences with MS.
Myth #2: Most people are diagnosed late in life.
Fact: Most people receive their MS diagnosis between the ages of 20 and 50. While it is not as common, some people have been diagnosed at ages outside this range. While the path to diagnosis may vary by person, there are a few standard diagnostic tests neurologists use to diagnose relapsing MS.
Myth #3: There is one solution that works for everyone.
Fact: MS affects everyone differently, and there is no one answer that works for all. We encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider, as he or she can provide you with the best advice.
Myth #4: There’s an MS-specific diet.
Fact: There is no special “MS diet.” However, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is important for everyone, and we have six tips that could help with making healthy choices. We also recommend speaking with a healthcare provider or dietitian if you have specific questions.
Myth #5: There is a cure for MS.
Fact: While there isn’t a cure for MS, beginning an approved therapy is an important step in managing the disease.
We hope this information clears up a few of the myths so you can share the facts about MS. If you are looking for more information, you can learn about where to find credible MS news and information in our blog post or register for MS news and resources.
COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.
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Gina | June 27, 2017I SO appreciate being informed & reading about others who struggle w/MS. I was diagnosed in 2010. For me, it appears to be "silent" to my family members and friends, and I feel isolated because others do not understand my challenges cognitively & physically. MS is unpredictable & difficult to explain to those around me. I welcome all info to educate others & to feel released from isolation.
Teva's Lift MS® Team | June 28, 2017We are always here to listen, Gina. Please reach out whenever you need to.
Season | June 28, 2017I feel loke my legs are getting too stiff to even take a step with a walker. Im scared
Teva's Lift MS® Team | June 29, 2017Hi Season, please reach out to your health care provider if you are experiencing symptoms. We wish you the best of luck!
David | July 07, 2017It does affect everyone differentially. You have to take it one day at a time. Never give up. Tomorrow will get better.
Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 09, 2017Thank you for sharing such kind words, David.
Kim | July 08, 2017I like the fact that you state no two cases are alike. Would love some more dietary helps
Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 09, 2017We think you might find this blog post interesting, Kim. Check it out here: https://www.liftms.com/education/rms-diet-and-supplements.
Michelle | July 08, 2017I was diagnosed a little over a month ago. (2017) I'm not going to lie I'm completely terrified. I have progressive MS and everyday is a battle. I can no longer feel my fingertips on my left hand this happened over 2 years ago 1st doctor said oh it's just anxiety and I believed him it's always best to get second opinions,being diagnosed answered alot.
Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 09, 2017We'll be thinking of you, Michelle.
Sherry | July 13, 2017My son Matt has MS and any information pertaining to making his life easier will be much appreciated.
Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 14, 2017Thank you for reaching out for support and information, Sherry. We suggest reading more of our educational blog posts, which you can find here: https://www.liftms.com/education. Also, you can learn more about the symptoms of RMS by visiting https://www.copaxone.com/about-relapsing-ms/relapsing-multiple-sclerosis-symptoms. As always, your health care provider is another great resource to help answer specific questions about your health. We hope this helps.
Jennifer | August 20, 2017My mother was diagnosed in 94, so I am so great full for this site and these articles.
Teva's Lift MS® Team | August 21, 2017We’re glad you liked this, Jennifer. We hope you’ll check back often for new content!
Angelita | October 21, 2017I was diagnosed with multiple sclorosis n 1989
Tammy | October 22, 2017Had left side blow out to format to the head every day is hard for me
Laura J | October 24, 2017My Husband has MS. Most people don’t know he has it. Those that he does tell aren’t able to grasp what he goes through on a daily basis.It is a very complex disease to try and explain to someone.I think it’s to frustrating for him to try. This resource seems like something that will help him. Thank you for putting this together.
Teva's Lift MS® Team | October 24, 2017Thank you for your devotion to the MS community, Laura. We’re lucky to have such wonderful Care Partners like you. If you liked this blog post, you might also want to check out this one written by another Care Partner: https://www.liftms.com/motivation/partner-in-rrms.