About MS

A BIT ABOUT MS

2.5 million people world wide live with Multiple Sclerosis
In Canada 291 for every 100,000 people have MS
There are 8,546 in British Columbia with Multiple Sclerosis
We are most often diagnosed between 20 to 40 years of age.
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that effects the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). No two people have the same combination of symptoms.

Early symptoms include:

  • fatigue
  • vision problems
  • tingling and numbness
  • vertigo and dizziness

  • muscle weakness and spasms
  • problems with balance and coordination

Other symptoms may include:

  • speech and swallowing problems
  • cognitive dysfunction
  • difficulty with walking
  • bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • sexual dysfunction
  • mood swings, depression

A BIT ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MS

Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS)
Relapses of increased disease activity and worsening symptoms followed by remissions in which the disease doesn’t progress

– 85 % at onset, half of whom, 42.5% will develop Secondary-progressive MS

Primary-progressive MS (PPMS)
A steady progression of the disease with symptoms usually begin between the ages of 35 and 39.

– 10 % at onset

Progressive-relapsing MS (PRMS)
Clear relapses combined with a steady progression of the disease.

– 5 % of MS patients

Note: 10 to 20 % of people with MS have only mild symptoms and little disease progression. Some of these people experience some progression after 10 to 20 years.

THE FINANCIAL PROFILE OF THOSE LIVING WITH MS

  • 40% of people living with MS can’t work
  • 67% of people diagnosed experience a decrease in financial stability
  • 70% of MS marriages end in divorce
  • MS is 2-3 times more common in women
  • 79% have difficulty making ends meet and medical insurance does not cover treatment for pre-existing conditions
  • A single person in British Columbia on disability receives $983 per month.