The survey, completed by over 5,000 respondents, addressed a variety of topics that impact individuals living with MS, including diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, relationships, career, and quality of life.
A majority of survey participants first experienced symptoms between the ages of 25 and 35, with common initial symptoms of altered sensations (including numbness/tingling), problems with walking, balance or coordination, problems with vision, and fatigue.
More than three-quarters of respondents said were unable to do as much as they used to due to MS. 45% were on disability and 21% felt that MS impacted their ability to maintain relationships.
The MS in America results also include a special report on the use of oral treatments for MS, a particularly hot topic of discussion within our community. You can view the report here.
We’d like to thank all of our community members who participated in the MS In America 2014 survey. The impact of MS can vary greatly from person to person, and we hope these results will help others develop a better understanding of life with MS.
We look forward to sharing more detailed results of the MS in America survey in the coming months.
The MS in America study was solely funded by Health Union LLC and the primary goal of the study was to establish an understanding of the current state and trends of patients affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Health Union does not manufacture, sell nor market any product to diagnose, prevent, or treat MS or any other disease, but is the creator and publisher of in-depth, condition-specific online communities. Health Union’s communities are always free to users and are supported by transparent advertising and sponsorships.