MS is a complex condition and there are many different types of MS. Frequently no two people experience the same thing. In fact it is often said that each of the 3 million sufferers in the world will tell a different story and that each have their own unique type of MS.
Because of that it is particularly difficult for doctors to diagnose MS in the first place and there have even been stories of people who have been diagnosed with MS who were subsequently found not to have MS and all and vice versa. There are in fact seven defined different types of MS but most experts generally now agree on four main types. They are as follows.
Benign: some 20% of sufferers have a benign form of MS in which disability is minimal even after many years. Deterioration is still possible though, in spite of the disease remaining inactive in many years.
Relapsing remitting: this is the most common and unpredictable form of MS with 60% of sufferers falling into this category. Symptoms come and go, affecting different parts of the body with varying severity and patients often recover from attacks at first but there is usually a gradual worsening over time.
Chronic progressive: around 10% of sufferers have this form of MS where there is a slow but steady deterioration with no clear attacks or remissions.
Rapidly deteriorating: this is the most shares form of the disease, affecting around 10% of cases, and is a result of widespread demyelination of the nerves in the brain. This type of MS takes a ” galloping” form and can be fatal in around 5 to 10 years.
Despite what many people think MS does not greatly affect life expectancy in most cases. Except in those small percentage of cases of ” galloping MS” the disease is not what doctors call a terminal illness. Although mobility is usually affected towards the end of a sufferers life only one in five will end up needing a wheelchair.
I made a conscious decision a few years ago that I was going to do everything in my power to beat and if possible reverse my MS. The obvious place to start for me was with my diet and I made significant changes to my food consumption. This has led to an overall improvement in all of my symptoms and some of them have completely disappeared. Diet is the one thing that every person has complete control over and no one with MS should waste any time in changing to a diet which can only help their situation.