Do You Know The Different Types of Multiple Sclerosis?
Unless you’re one of the nearly 1 million Americans living with multiple sclerosis, then you might not be aware that not one, but four types of MS actually exist. Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with MS or you have a close friend or family member with the disease, here’s what to expect from each form in terms of how it affects the body because as Dr. Maya Angelou always used to say, “When you know better, you do better!”
1. Relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS)
Approximately 85 percent of MS patients are initially diagnosed with RRMS, making it the most common form of MS. RRMS is characterized by relapses, flare-ups and exacerbations followed by periods of remission during which the person’s symptoms may improve for a while. Most RRMS patients are diagnosed in their early 20s.