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Multiple Sclerosis Questions and Answers

Multiple sclerosis raises lots of questions due to its nature. First of all, patients are told that this is a neurological condition, then that it’s an autoimmune disease and an demyelinating condition. That is confusing for most of them. When at all of the above the news that there is no permanent cure is added, this makes patients wonder about the history of this condition. Is it that recent, or simply that difficult to diagnose and treat?

Believe it or not, the first records of a disease with MS-like symptoms date from the 1400, when Lydwina of Schieden experienced these  MS like symptoms. However, the disease was described, categorized and documented in 1868, by Dr Jean Martin Charcot, professor of neurology at the University of Paris. It was he who wrote the first complete description of MS and the changes in the brain that accompany this condition.


MS’s history is still being written, and medical advances in the treatment and finding a cure of this condition are made each and every day. Hopefully, it won’t take long until all MS patients will be able to rejoice over the good news that an effective cure has been discovered by the medical community!

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+3 # Nicole Lemelle 2011-07-01 13:38
I always believed MS was fairly new. Wow, the 1400's and still no cure. That's crazy.
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-2 # deepa 2011-07-08 03:57
I liked the article its very interesting and informative. Keep up the great work.
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-1 # S.O 2011-10-16 02:05
Agree with Nicole, they seem to be getting two steps forward then taking three steps back... I just hope a cure will be found in my lifetime, i forgot what it feels like to have sensation in my hands and feet.
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0 # Tamara Daniels 2013-09-25 15:39
I read your comments about it taking so long to find a cure and wanting to have sensation back in hands and feet. My sister has MS and has that same issue, not to mention many others (optical neritis, osteopenia, scoleosis, hamstrings flare ups, etc). I hate this dis-ease. And Dr's are not all that available in this field (especially, primary care physicians). As a sibling of someone with MS, I NEED A SUPPORT GROUP!!! It's difficult to not have another to chat with and run things by when care giving for someone with MS. I hope the MS Society puts more $ towards research than other areas. I read that only 20% of the money raised goes to R&D. Not good, at all.
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0 # Tamara Daniels 2013-09-25 15:41
One more mention/question: Are you on REBIFF or another medication? WHich one. My sister's tried two others (name escapes me now) but has been on REBIFF for maybe 3 yrs or so. Thanks S.O.
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0 # penny 2013-03-20 10:35
i think its pretty ODD that documenting of MS began in the 1800s and to date with millions of dollars and chemist that are being paid millions that nothing has been done. To DATE: NO REASON WHY? NO REAL TREATMENT FOR?
Can anyone tell me why?
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0 # Seppe 2014-03-12 12:17
I'm 63. I've been in pain from MS since I was 11 years old. You do the math. For every positive MS advancement I'll be able to tell you how it's flawed. I've tried it all. Most research is that. Research! $$$! I'm not saying many of these people aren't very educated. They are. Research does NOTHING for MS except get educated people money for doing nothing to help those DYING with and from MS. 
Try it! You tell me a serious "advancement" and and I WILL tell you how I feel it's flawed.  By the way ... There are no serious advancements. NONE! 
Good luck to ya'll,Seppe
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