The four types of MS explained

The four types of MS explained

April 21, 2019 0 By Dr. Jose Rodriguez

Multiple Sclerosis is a diverse and complicated disease which affects the central nervous system. The symptoms of MS vary from patient to patient and according to the type of MS that the patient has.

Broadly, there are four sub-types of MS, named after the behaviour of the disease:

Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS) is the most common form of MS, affecting around 85% of MS sufferers on initial diagnosis. This disease is characterized by periods of remission followed by relapses or flare ups where new symptoms appear. 80% of people with relapsing-remitting MS have treatable CCSVI which could relieve symptoms.

Secondary-Progressive MS (SPMS) shows a progressive worsening of symptoms over time, either with our without relapses and remissions. Most people with RRMS will be diagnosed with SPMS at some stage in the progression of their disease. Over 90% of people with secondary-progressive MS actually have CCSVI, which can be treated using balloon angioplasty, slowing progression and relieving pressure on the brain.

Primary-Progressive MS (PPMS) only affects around 10-15% of MS sufferers and is characterized by slow, progressive worsening of the symptoms throughout the disease, with no remission or relapses. 90% of people with PPMS have treatable CCSVI.

Progressive-Relapsing MS (PRMS) is the rarest form of MS, affecting about 5% of MS sufferers. PRMS involves steadily worsening symptoms with acute relapses but without remission.

Early Treatment

If you have suffered your first MS event, or have been diagnosed with MS, you should start considering treatment straight away, as research shows that the axon (nerve) damage involved in MS is most extensive in the first year of the condition.

There are a range of treatments available for Multiple sclerosis, although there is not yet thought to be a cure. Drugs are available to ease the symptoms of the condition and can help to slow down the progression of the disease, but have to be taken for long periods of time to be effective and are costly. It is estimated that over 80% of patients with MS also have CCSVI, and it is highly likely that in many of these patients the symptoms of MS are caused by iron deposits within the central nervous system as a result of the CCSVI, and not lesions caused by MS.

If this is the case for you, your disease could be stopped or even reversed through a simple procedure. To find out if you have CCSVI and if you could be eligible for CCSVI Liberation Procedure, contact us today and one of the team will call you.