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What happens after a person is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

What happens after a person is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) is impossible to predict since this disease affects people so differently. It is important to remember that most people with MS do not end up in a wheelchair, and life expectancy is normal or near normal. About 85 percent of people initially diagnosed with MS have relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), characterized by temporary attacks followed by periods of remission. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, most people with RRMS eventually develop secondary progressive MS, in which there is a worsening of symptoms with or without occasional flare-ups and minor remissions.

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