Re: how long does MS symptoms take to progress?
The statistic for death directly as a cause of MS itself is less than 5% of the population, those with Progressive Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (PRMS), the rarest type.
As the others have said, there is no exact timetable and some do not progress at all. Some progress and seem to reach a plateau, as if the MS "burns itself out". (Whether it does or not for real seems virtually impossible to tell). "Progression" can mean very different things, as sx can greatly vary from person to person. Additionally, there are many people with few lesions and a lot of sx and people with a lot of lesions with few sx. Just one of the mysteries of MS.
To those of us who were uninformed at the time of our dx (which I would venture to guess is a vast majority!), hearing the words "Multiple Sclerosis" is very scary. Although none of us like having the disease, I assure you that as you learn more about it, it does become less scary -- and some of the statistics might surprise you, like the percentage who wind up nonambulatory.
Dxed RRMS April '07
Not on DMDs
Last edited by Bearygood; 02-27-2009 at 08:06 AM.