Knowing the facts about MS may help you understand what’s happening in your body and how best to care for yourself.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects an estimated 1 million people in the United States. It’s the most common neurological disease in young adults, usually developing between the ages of 20 and 40 — just when a person is often establishing a family and career.
It’s normal to feel upset and afraid upon hearing a diagnosis of MS. But the good news is that MS can usually be managed successfully with a combination of medication, a healthy lifestyle, and social support from friends, family, healthcare providers, and other people living with MS.
Knowing the facts about multiple sclerosis can help you understand what’s going on in your body and why your MS isn’t exactly like anyone else’s. It can inform the discussions you have with your doctor about how to best manage the disease. And it can help you explain to others what MS is and what it isn’t.
Take this quiz to assess your knowledge of MS — and maybe learn a few new things in the process.