What does this mean for me?

A multiple sclerosis diagnosis can be extremely difficult to come to grips with. All of a sudden there is a lot of new information to absorb, questions to ask and key decisions to make.

It is very possible to live a fulfilling life with multiple sclerosis.

It is generally very difficult to predict the course of the disease, and the age of onset, as it varies greatly from case to case, but most people with multiple sclerosis can expect 95% of the normal life expectancy.

Some studies have shown that people who have:

  • few attacks in the first several years after diagnosis
  • long intervals between attacks
  • complete recovery from attacks
  • attacks that are sensory in nature (such as numbness or tingling) tend to have a slightly easier journey.

People who have:

  • early symptoms of tremor
  • difficulty with coordination and walking
  • frequent attacks with incomplete recoveries tend to have a more progressive disease course.

If you want to talk through what a multiple sclerosis diagnosis might mean for you, we’re here to chat.  Contact MS Connect™ (Freecall 1800 042 138 or email msconnect@ms.org.au).

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Each person’s experience with multiple sclerosis is different, so it is difficult to compare your experience with others. However our MS Peer Support Program is a great way for people affected by multiple sclerosis to support each other — both those living with the disease, and also carers, family and friends.


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