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What is "inactive" multiple sclerosis?
What is "inactive" multiple sclerosis? There are all sorts of terms for MS but I have never sees inactive MS. Considering this I still have MS pain and all its symptoms. Can someone with inactive MS still be in a wheelchair?
Inactive means that there is no ongoing evidence of inflammatory demyelination. In practice this is impossible to prove. People with longstanding MS rarely show obvious signs of inflammation on MRI and standard MR imaging is notoriously unable to detect ongoing activity continuing to damage the nervous system.
Inactive does not mean you do not have any problems from MS. After all the damage that was done when the MS was active does not go away
Think of a person who has a spinal cord injury. After the injury is completed there is no further active process but they remain wheelchair bound
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego
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