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.