MS 101: Multiple Sclerosis Facts and Myths

  • by Teva's Lift MS Team
  •   June 26, 2017

Help clear up any confusion by getting the facts about MS. 

We’re sure that you’ve heard a few things that don’t quite sound right. Maybe you read an article online that made you scratch your head. Or perhaps you were given a piece of advice from someone who wasn’t sure where they had heard the information.

We’re here to set the record straight! Below are some of the common myths we’ve heard about multiple sclerosis, followed by the facts. We hope you can use this to help clear up some of the confusion around MS.

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MythMyth #1: Everyone experiences the same symptoms of MS.

FactFact: This is a common misconception. Everyone’s multiple sclerosis is different, which means that no two people will experience exactly the same symptoms. We recommend checking out our 9 facts about MS infographic to learn more. Also, according to the National MS Society, each person’s symptoms could also change or fluctuate over time. That’s why it is so important to stay in regular contact with your health care professional throughout your experiences with MS.

MythMyth #2: Most people are diagnosed late in life.

FactFact: Most people receive their MS diagnosis between the ages of 20 and 50. While it is not as common, some people have been diagnosed at ages outside this range. If you are interested, you can learn more about how relapsing MS is diagnosed here.   

MythMyth #3: There is one solution that works for everyone.

FactFact: MS affects everyone differently, and there is no one answer that works for all. We encourage you to speak with your health care provider as he or she can provide you with the best advice.

MythMyth #4: There’s an MS-specific diet.

FactFact: There is no special “MS diet.” However, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is important for everyone, and we have six tips that could help with making healthy choices. We also recommend speaking with a health care provider or dietitian if you have specific questions.

MythMyth #5: There is a cure for MS.

FactFact: While there isn’t a cure for MS, beginning an approved therapy is an important step in managing the disease. We encourage you to speak with your health care team about therapy options.   

We hope this information clears up a few of the facts about MS. If you are looking for more information, you can learn about where to find credible MS news and information in our blog post or register for MS news and resources.

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  • Gina | June 27, 2017
    I SO appreciate being informed & reading about others who struggle w/MS. I was diagnosed in 2010. For me, it appears to be "silent" to my family members and friends, and I feel isolated because others do not understand my challenges cognitively & physically. MS is unpredictable & difficult to explain to those around me. I welcome all info to educate others & to feel released from isolation.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | June 28, 2017
      We are always here to listen, Gina. Please reach out whenever you need to.
  • Season  | June 28, 2017
    I feel loke my legs are getting too stiff to even take a step with a walker. Im scared
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | June 29, 2017
      Hi Season, please reach out to your health care provider if you are experiencing symptoms. We wish you the best of luck!
  • David | July 07, 2017
    It does affect everyone differentially. You have to take it one day at a time. Never give up. Tomorrow will get better.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | July 09, 2017
      Thank you for sharing such kind words, David.
  • Kim | July 08, 2017
    I like the fact that you state no two cases are alike. Would love some more dietary helps
  • Michelle | July 08, 2017
    I was diagnosed a little over a month ago. (2017) I'm not going to lie I'm completely terrified. I have progressive MS and everyday is a battle. I can no longer feel my fingertips on my left hand this happened over 2 years ago 1st doctor said oh it's just anxiety and I believed him it's always best to get second opinions,being diagnosed answered alot.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | July 09, 2017
      We'll be thinking of you, Michelle.
  • Sherry  | July 13, 2017
    My son Matt has MS and any information pertaining to making his life easier will be much appreciated.
  • Jennifer  | August 20, 2017
    My mother was diagnosed in 94, so I am so great full for this site and these articles.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | August 21, 2017
      We’re glad you liked this, Jennifer. We hope you’ll check back often for new content!