What is Progressive Multiple Sclerosis?
Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
is one of the clinical categories for MS. Progressive Multiple
Sclerosis patients have a continuous progression in
disability. The disability may happen slowly and the
patient may or may not have relapses. In secondary progressive
Multiple Sclerosis, a person’s disease usually becomes
progressive after a period of relapsing-remitting MS.
After five to twenty-five years, the
majority of people with relapsing-remitting MS will develop
secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis.
Primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis patients have slow
developing disability right from the beginning of the disease.
This type of MS usually appears in people who are in their
forties. Primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis is the only
type of MS which affects both woman and men the same.
People who have progressive Multiple Sclerosis will notice
that they do not progress forever. After a certain amount of
time, the disability progression usually plateaus and they have
no significant increase in disability. People who have
progressive Multiple Sclerosis are more likely to need a
wheelchair and experience considerable neurological
Unfortunately as of right now, there aren’t any treatments
or therapies for primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Some
people with secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis are
prescribed treatments used in relapsing-remitting MS. Is it
working? Only time will tell. There is hope for patients with
Multiple Sclerosis. Up until about ten years ago the only help
for MS patients was medications to treat their symptoms. The
past decade has shown great promise through research and
clinical studies. People with progressive Multiple Sclerosis
must try to remain optimistic and hopeful that one day soon,
scientists and researchers will find a cure for MS or perhaps
develop a treatment for progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Each
and every day is a challenge for people living with progressive
Multiple Sclerosis. Not only is it challenging for the
individual with MS but also for those who live with them and
watch them struggle. Hope is the keyword when living with