with ms, you can expect a normal life span. if you have relapsing-remitting, you can go a short time to a few years between relapses. if you have secondary progressive, will have symptoms that stay with you after each relapse. primary progressive is where the symptoms get progressively worse. it's a sucky disease and affects everyone differently. my sister was diagnosed due to optic neuritis (she started to lose vision in one eye) and i was diagnosed a few month later due to numbness and tingling in my lower body. fortunately for me, i have not had another relapse since (1.5 years ago) and my sister had to go on short term from work for 3 months because of one. it all just depends. but either way, we will live out a full, albeit challenging, life.
Although the life expectancy for someone with multiple sclerosis is not quite as long as an otherwise 'normal' individual, it is very nearly the same and the gap is growing increasingly shorter
This said I don't know about the Quality of the health care your friends mother is receiving but I would say that is is very important to have the top of the line...My mother was diagnosed with ms 25 years ago she has excellent health insurance and is constantly trying new treatments and therapies yet my aunt is on state funded health care and her disease seems to have progressed further than my mother in a shorter time spanWhat is the life expectancy for someone with ms?
Life Expectancy with Multiple Sclerosis
Life expectancy for people who have multiple sclerosis is growing longer with every passing year, particularly with the advancement of medical science, new drugs and better care and understanding of the disease.
Although the life expectancy for someone with multiple sclerosis is not quite as long as an otherwise 'normal' individual, it is very nearly the same and the gap is growing increasingly shorter.
In 1936, only 8% of patients were reported to survive beyond 20 years after onset of illness
In 1961, over 80% of Multiple Sclerosis patients were reported surviving to 20 years after onset of illness
2002 鈥?A patient with Multiple Sclerosis can expect to live to average population life-expectancy minus seven years (mean life expectancy - 7 years)
for a women (which is a ms), it is 3 years longer than the average life expectancy of men.What is the life expectancy for someone with ms?
MS is a life-long disease. The life expectancy can be pretty close to normal, if medical complications (such as infections of the bladder, pneumonia, bedsores) can be avoided. It is important to keep the joints moving and to be as active as possible. Available medications can reduce the frequency of relapses and perhaps slow the progression of the disease to some extent.