Monday, May 25, 2009

Multiple Sclerosis - What Type Are You?

I have started writing a series of articles on Progressive MS for MS Central section of Health Central. The first article talks about the types of MS and their various labels. It was published May 4. Here it is --

Multiple Sclerosis - What Type Are You?

"Rose is a rose is a rose." ~ Gertrude Stein

A rose is a rose, but can we say MS is MS? After all, MS affects the autoimmune central nervous system, and that is true for every person who has MS. But after that it gets a bit murkey.

Just as a rose is identified by characteristics such as color, size and fragrance, so is each person's MS symptoms unique based on clusters, reactions, time lines, the course of the disease and any number of other idiosyncrasies. So yes, MS is MS, but not exactly. There are different categories or types of MS that provide us with some degree of understanding why symptoms of people with MS differ so greatly.

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