Most people who are diagnosed with MS are between the ages of 20 to 50 years old. MS though, can also be found in children as well as elders.
About 85% of people who are diagnosed with MS are first diagnosed with the relapsing-remitting form of the condition. This means that they face periods of active symptoms, alternating with periods of remission during which their symptoms are usually less severe.
Eventually though, 90% of these people develop the next stage of MS, secondary-progressive MS. During this stage, the previously experienced symptoms continue to occur, but new symptoms also start developing, which most of the time leads to a more advanced level of disability.
MS in children:
Even though children with MS take longer to develop secondary-progressive MS in comparison with adults, it can be a very rough condition for the child to deal with.
The symptoms that children experience are usually very similar to the symptoms that adults face. Such symptoms include motor symptoms and weakness.
The pace of MS’s progression is significantly slower in children which means that they have less disability in the early stages.
MS after 50:
There is a quite small percentage of people are diagnosed with MS after the age of 50. They can be more prone to urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and septicemia than people who do not have MS.
On the plus side, older people with MS tend to have less depression than younger people and also experience less psychological distress.
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