A Common Disease
Multiple sclerosis is a condition with which many people live, or try living. This illness involves inflammation of some parts of the brain and the spinal cord. An interesting thing about this condition is that it affects each individual in a different manner. Therefore, all patients suffering from multiple sclerosis have different manifestations and symptoms of this disease.
Life Expectancy When Suffering from Multiple Sclerosis
First of all, people and current medicine levels of knowledge are still unable to fully grasp the ways in which this condition affects different human beings. Therefore, with the constant evolution of medicine, there have been new medications and ways of treatment introduced, each better than the ones before. However, one's life expectancy while suffering from multiple sclerosis depends on many different factors. Namely, it depends on the disease itself. Some people may develop MS while they are young, decreasing their lifespan in comparison to those who get it at an older age. Also, this illness may trigger many others, influencing the length of a person's life as well. Those who become immobile due to the advancement of this illness, have greater risks of developing pneumonia and many different problems. Thus, a person with MS may live just as long as any other healthy person might, or he or she may have a much shorter lifespan, depending on the disease itself and different states of affairs it may cause.
As far as the time of one's life when he or she might develop multiple sclerosis is concerned, it involves the period of being between 20 and 40 years of age. This disease may strike with no previous symptoms and may progress in more ways than one. So, people who suffer from MS may experience frequent or rare attacks which are extremely uncomfortable, and feel good in the periods between them while some other people may end up tied to their beds with much more severe symptoms.
Researches have shown that a person may live up to 35 years with this illness, taking into consideration that the type of MS they are suffering from is the most benign one. Unfortunately, numerous people suffer so much, that they decide to commit suicide in order to provide themselves with relief.
After a period of 10 years from suffering from MS, the disease itself progresses into a more severe form. Then, the complications become more frequent and therefore, lifespan gets more jeopardized. Regardless, a person is still able to endure 30 years of living under this illness.
Finally, the worst case scenario involves the aggressive type of this illness where the patient ends up disabled in a very short time. There have even been cases of death due to quick development of this type of MS. Fortunately, these cases are extremely rare.