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MS is Not Fatal… I Know Right!

We have been told by physicians that multiple sclerosis (MS) is not fatal. It has been described as nonfatal in scientific research. Is it semantics? Fatality is an occurrence of death from disease. MS is a disease. Conditions associated with multiple sclerosis may include serious breathing problems. MS may cause serious breathing problems. Poor respiration may cause death. Again, is MS truly not fatal?

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  • Erin Rush moderator
    1 week ago

    You bring up a great point, @cmonteressi! I just recently stated to another person that MS is rarely the listed cause of death, but it can cause issues that lead to death, if that makes any sense. As in, a person can die of a fall caused by MS muscle spasms/weakness; a person can choke due to swallowing issues caused by MS; etc. I think you are spot on when you say it’s a bit of semantics. At this point, the cause of death on many death certificates may not say “MS”, but it stands to reason that it can play a very real role in loss of life. And that’s not even getting into how MS can affect QUALITY of life. Thanks for bringing this up, as it’s a question I have pondered before. Best, Erin, Team Member.

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