Top 4 Myths About Multiple Sclerosis & The Brain

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body starts to attack its own central nervous system. This causes problems with thinking, memory, muscle coordination, and vision. There are many myths about ms that can make it difficult for ms patients to get proper treatment. In this blog post we will explore four of these myths and what they mean for MS patients.

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1) Myth: No Symptoms, No Treatment

A common MS myth is that the disease only affects people who have symptoms. This can be misleading for MS patients because they might not recognize that their symptoms are signs of MS until it’s too late to get treatment.
MS does come with early warning signs, but you need to know what these warnings look like in order to take advantage

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2) Myth: People With MS Always Wind Up In Wheelchairs

Most MS patients do eventually need the help of a wheelchair, but that doesn’t mean they will always use one. Many MS patients live their entire lives without needing to rely on wheelchairs.
The more common scenario is for someone with MS to start using a wheelchair after an episode of mobility loss and slowly build back up until they are able to.

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3) Myth: Women With MS Cannot Be Pregnant

It is a myth that all women with ms need to stop having children. In fact, MS does not affect fertility or the ability to get pregnant at all.
However, it’s important for an MS patient who wants kids to work closely with their doctor before they start trying to conceive because ms can cause birth defects and other complications during pregnancy.

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4) Myth: MS Is An Old Person’s Disease

Statistics show that MS is more common in middle-aged adults, but it can develop at any age. Around 25% of ms patients are diagnosed before the age of 18 and 50% are diagnosed by 40 years old.
This myth usually comes from the fact that MS is more common in older populations. However, this does not mean MS cannot affect people of other ages.

MS patients can receive treatment at any age and should never feel like they’re too young for ms to be diagnosed or treated.

To learn more about MS contact the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta today!