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MS Types:

 What are the Differences

 Between the 4 Types

 of Multiple Sclerosis?


When it comes to MS types, there are 4 different types of Multiple Sclerosis, which are recognized around the world.

Multiple Sclerosis is becoming a worldwide problem and is being diagnosed more often in many more countries around the world, where Multiple Sclerosis was not heard of, just 20 years ago.

The medical communities from around the world are joining forces, in collaborating together to do much more MS research in many more different areas, as efforts are being made to understand more about the disease process of Multiple Sclerosis.

The MS research is focusing on determining more about what causes MS, how MS attacks the body, what can affect the severity and frequency of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, about ways to reverse or reduce the severity of the MS attacks that can result in more severe disability in more of the cases of MS that are being diagnosed each year.

Because there has been found to be a broad range of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms for each case of MS, it is more difficult for the doctors that are diagnosing more cases of MS to help their MS patients to find relief to the often devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis on
the body.

When it comes to MS types, there are 4 types of Multiple Sclerosis, which are recognized internationally.  The 4 different types of MS are categorized under different labels, because the characteristics of each type is enough different that it recognized that this requires different ways of bringing relief to the symptoms of each type of Multiple Sclerosis.

It is thought that the 4 MS types describe the ways that these different types of Multiple Sclerosis appear to be related, but somehow different as far as their specific symptoms that tend to be characteristic of each type of Multiple Sclerosis, along with some differences in the disease progression.

The 4 MS Types are:

1. Relapsing and Remitting Multiple Sclerosis or Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, or  Progressive MS

3. Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

4. Progressive Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

Relapsing and Remitting Multiple Sclerosis is the type of MS that is more often associated with what are commonly thought of as the symptoms of MS. Since this type of MS has the relapses and remissions associated with it, the symptoms can vary with a broad range of symptoms that can vary from more mild to more severe.

Relapsing and Remitting MS accounts for about 55% of all of those that are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for all of the cases of MS,that have been diagnosed throughout many countries around the world. During the attacks, relapses or exacerbations, Relapsing and Remitting MS can cause scarring and demyelination of the white matter and/or the myelin sheath throughout the brain and spinal cord that basically helps to transmit the nerve signals throughout the rest of the Central Nervous System (CNS). During the Remissions, the demyelination begins to repair itself and this is called remyelination, which causes the remissions to occur.

Secondary Progressive MS appears to be related to the more advanced symptoms that result after a person has first been diagnosed with Relapsing and Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and the MS disease process has resulted in further damage to the body.

For Secondary Progressive MS to occur, the patient is first diagnosed with Relapsing and Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. It appears by the way that the medical community describes Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis that it is the advanced stages of Relapse Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, after the relapses and remissions start to lessen and become less often.

Primary Progressive MS or Progressive Multiple Sclerosis is different from Relapsing and Remitting MS, since it does not result in the larger amounts of scarring on the Multiple Sclerosis mri test results and it does not have as much of the periods of relapses and remissions as the Relapsing and Remitting form of MS does.

The Progressive Multiple Sclerosis also appears to continue to worsen between periods of plateaus or remissions, but it appears by the description of this form of Multiple Sclerosis by the medical community that there can be shorter periods where the remissions or remyelination can result, but the disability from the nerve damage and scarring that can result from the disease process appears to gradually become worse over time, in spite of the periodic plateaus.

The Progressive Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis is thought by some doctors to be a variation of the Primary Progressive form of Multiple Sclerosis, but this type of MS is only found to be about 5% of the total number of those that have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Of the 4 MS types, the Relapsing Remitting form of Multiple Sclerosis is the most commonly diagnosed with at least 50% to 60% of the cases of Multiple Sclerosis being diagnosed with this type.

 Approximately 10% to 15% of the cases of Multiple Sclerosis are being reported to be diagnosed as Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, but this ratio can change, since the number of cases of Multiple Sclerosis, being diagnosed world wide is currently on a rapid increase in the number of cases being diagnosed each year.

Approximately twice as many women are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis as men each year and the ages of the diagnosis tend to vary between the ages of 20 to 40, but the MS symptoms can appear at an older age too.

There are not as many cases of Multiple Sclerosis diagnosed in young children, although there are cases that do exist for people less than the typical age of 20 for the initial display of symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.

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