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Can you die from ms?
April 26, 2011 3:14AM
Multiple sclerosis can be fatal, yes. It is a progressive degeneration of the myelin sheath that covers nerves. Over time this leads to the loss of voluntary and involuntary body functions, and is thus not only a painful disease but a humiliating one.
It can also affect cognition, as the brain is affected. Dizziness, speech difficulties, impaired judgement, confusion, and other mental effects may occur. Any or all of these physical effects may occur.
Prognosis is difficult to determine. It can be mild or severe, and some people with MS live almost-normal lifespans. For others, the disease can progress faster, and result in loss of more body functions earlier in life.
There are treatments that slow the progress of the disease, or alleviate symptoms, but there is currently no cure.