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Posted by: Anne | 2010/12/08

Two questions regarding Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

I have had eight attacks of MS in 8 years. With the 2 attacks involving the Optic Nerves, I made a FULL recovery. However, with the 6 attacks involving the spinal cord, I made only a PARTIAL recovery. What puzzles me is that my relapses have INCREASED in frequency in the last 3 years (from 3 in 5 years to 5 in 3 years). The literature seems to indicate that they normally do the opposite (i.e they DECREASE in frequency). I am also interested to know how one is supposed to know that one''s MS has progressed from RRMS to Progressive Relapsing (Secondary Progressive). What are the indications?

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Hi Anne
the difference between RRMS and PRMS is best shown with these graphs:
http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/progressiverelapsingmultiplesclerosis.html
http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/relapsingremittingmultiplesclerosis.html
Regarding the relapses, it is difficult for me to guess why your's would be increasing - it may be due to external factors (heat/other outo immune diseases/stress etc) and this you may need to discuss with your neurologist.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Cyberdoc | 2010/12/10

Hi Anne
the difference between RRMS and PRMS is best shown with these graphs:
http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/progressiverelapsingmultiplesclerosis.html
http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/relapsingremittingmultiplesclerosis.html
Regarding the relapses, it is difficult for me to guess why your's would be increasing - it may be due to external factors (heat/other outo immune diseases/stress etc) and this you may need to discuss with your neurologist.
Dr Bets

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