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10 Quick Facts Everyone Should Know About MS

Here’s what you should know about multiple sclerosis. Once you know the facts, donate to help end MS.

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2. More than 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide.

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The National MS Society continues to advocate for an establishment of a national registry that will track the exact number of people living with MS.

6. It is challenging to diagnose MS.

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Early symptoms that come and go may be ignored. While no single diagnostic test is yet available to prove or rule out MS, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a great help in reaching a definitive diagnosis.

7. No two people have exactly the same symptoms.

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Each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time. Symptoms may include blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, numbness, fatigue, problems with memory, concentration, paralysis, blindness, and more.

9. The majority of people with MS do not become severely disabled.

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Two-thirds of people who have MS remain able to walk, though many will need an aid — such as a cane or crutches — to help with balance.

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All facts from the The National MS Society.

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