Here is My Question:
What is the likelihood of MS diagnosis not being debilitating?
That is a very difficult question to answer for two reasons:
For Relapsing MS patients with symptom onset in the early 1990s ( the era when treatments for MS first became approved) the median time between onset of MS symptoms and requiring a cane to walk is approximately 25 to 30 years. This means that exactly half the patients will need a cane within 25 to 30 year and the other half will not need a cane. The median time to develop this level of disability is shorter in men by about 5 years.
For progressive onset patients the median time between onset of MS symptoms and requiring a cane to walk is much shorter (< 10 years)
Revere P (Rip) Kinkel, MDProfessor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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