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How bad can a disability from multiple sclerosis (MS) be?

Louis Rosner
Neurology
No doctor can really say. It depends totally on how the symptoms affect the individual. If adjustments are made to accommodate multiple sclerosis (MS), there doesn't have to be any disability at all. Disability, in our definition, is really the mismatch of a person's ability and a specific goal. Weakness or spasticity in the legs may interfere with the twenty-six mile marathon, but it will never ruin a good game of poker.

 Although there are no guarantees about any individual's prognosis, those who adjust best are those who focus on ability, not disability. A review of case histories shows that, first, time is on the patient's side. And, second, despite a diagnosis of MS, the quality of life can be of the highest standards, provided that the individual doesn't ruin precious periods of remission and stability by focusing on "what ifs" and "worst case" scenarios that will probably never happen.

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