Multiple Sclerosis
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Multiple Sclerosis

Think you know the signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis? Take our quiz to test your MS smarts.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Roughly how many people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with MS?

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The correct answer is: In the United States, roughly 400,000 people have been diagnosed with MS.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most cases of multiple sclerosis are life-threatening.

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The correct answer is: This is false. In a large majority of cases, the disease is not life threatening.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What causes multiple sclerosis?

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The correct answer is: It's unknown, but a combination of the above factors likely triggers the disease. The cause of MS is currently unknown, but researchers believe genetics, viruses and environmental factors may play a role.

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How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are common tests for MS. Blood tests may be done to make sure your symptoms are not the result of an infection. Spinal fluid may be tested to look for immune proteins involved in MS. MRIs provide a picture of your organs that doctors can use to look for myelin damage. Evoked potential tests -- in which the brains electrical signals are measures -- are also often used to diagnose MS.

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True or false: It's possible to have MS without knowing it.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In some cases, people who are known to have the lesions of MS have no symptoms throughout their lives. This is called "silent multiple sclerosis."

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Most people with MS are diagnosed with which type of the disease?

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The correct answer is: The majority of people diagnosed with MS -- up to 90% -- are diagnosed with the relapsing-remitting type. With this form of MS, people have exacerbations which cause temporary neurologic problems such as weakness, numbness and imbalance. After the exacerbation is over they return, more or less, to their baseline neurologic status.

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Symptoms of relapsing-remitting MS typically first affect people with MS at what age?

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The correct answer is: The symptoms of relapsing-remitting MS affect most people in their early 20s.

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True or false: MS affects people of all races.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Certain racial groups like Eskimos, Yakuts in Siberia and the Bantu in Africa are not prone to MS at all. Also, African Americans, the Japanese and Chinese all have a low incidence of MS compared to whites.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of the following are symptoms of MS?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Other symptoms are muscle weakness or stiffness, bladder or bowel problems, impaired balance and coordination, difficulty speaking and swallowing, fatigue and altered mood.

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True or false: MS is more common in men than women.

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The correct answer is: This is false. MS is more common in women than men.

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True or false: If you have a parent or sibling with MS you're more likely to develop MS.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While MS is not believed to be a hereditary disease, having a family history of MS (particularly in a parent or sibling) does make a person more likely to develop it.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can trigger MS symptoms?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Other triggers include viruses, infections, vaccinations, injury, stress, hot baths and temperature changes. It's important to note that not all people with MS will be affected by all of the aggravating factors.

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True or false: Most MS attacks happen in quick succession, one after the other.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Many years can lapse between the first and second attack.

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How long does it typically take for the first attack of MS to go away?

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The correct answer is: In most cases the first attack of multiple sclerosis (MS) clears completely within four to six weeks, often leaving no trace of abnormality on neurological examination.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: You shouldn't exercise if you have MS.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Appropriately prescribed exercise can improve strength, flexibility, bladder function, endurance, mood, self-esteem and sense of well-being in a person with MS.

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What's the most commonly prescribed medication for MS?

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The correct answer is: The most commonly prescribed medications are anti-inflammatory corticosteroids, which are used to relieve symptoms. However, medications like Copaxone, Tysabri and others can be prescribed to help slow the progress of the disease and reduce the number of flare-ups.

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True or false: It's safe to get pregnant if you have MS.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Women with MS who want to have a baby should visit their neurologist to talk about when to stop taking certain medications that are not approved for use during pregnancy.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Taking which vitamin daily may be important in both preventing and managing MS?

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The correct answer is: Some studies show that people with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of developing MS. In people already diagnosed with MS, low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased flares of the condition and worse disability than people with the disease who have higher vitamin D levels. The ideal dose of vitamin D for people with MS is not known, but it may be reasonable to take 400 -1000 IU daily.

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Which of these is a healthy diet tip for people with MS?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Eating more fiber may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and improve bowel health. Vegetables help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Low-fat or fat-free dairy is essential for bone health. It's recommended that people with MS avoid foods that are high in saturated fat and sodium.

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True or false: Couples dealing with MS are more likely to get divorced.

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The correct answer is: This is false. According to surveys done in the last few years, the divorce rate does not seem to be higher in the MS community. That said, MS does add stress to relationships.

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