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MS is often diagnosed in the prime of life

A common misconception is that MS causes disability later in life. However, most people are diagnosed with MS in the prime of their life – 20s, 30s or 40s – and approximately 85 percent of people are initially diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS, compared to 10-15 percent who have a progressive course from disease onset.

Many new treatments in the last 3 decades

In the past 25 years, more than a dozen new treatments for MS have been approved by the FDA. They reduce the frequency/severity of relapses, reduce the accumulation of lesions in the brain and spinal cord, and slow the accumulation of disability. These treatments, combined with rehabilitation strategies, complementary and alternative approaches, and consideration for overall wellness offer professionals significant ability to participate in comprehensive care that can improve function and quality of life.

The patient-physician relationship

Generally speaking, people living with MS seek to build a cooperative, meaningful, long-term relationships with a multi-disciplinary comprehensive care team — to effectively manage a complex disease that spans a lifetime.

Read more on the Society's blog about the experiences of people living with MS as related to healthcare:

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