There are 5 different stages to Multiple Sclerosis. Each stage is defined by the severity of one’s symptoms. It’s can be tough sometimes to determine the exact stage one is in as symptoms change slightly over just a few short days.
Stage 1: Recognition of unexplained symptoms – You first recognize that something isn’t right with your body. You constantly are feeling uneasy and there is some discomfort. This stage is when you first visit the Dr. and find out you have Multiple Sclerosis
Stage 2: Learning to live with the Disease – You have just been diagnosed with the disease. You read literature on what to expect, you watch youtube videos of people living with the disease, and you read blogs on what to expect next. Getting yourself in a good mental place will definitely help you in the next stages
Stage 3: moderate disability – Things are getting tough by now, you may need some form of assistance in getting around. Maybe a walking cane or a walker. You’re still mostly independent at this stage but should prepare yourself for the next.
Stage 4: severe disability – 25% of those with M.S. will need a wheelchair to get around at this point. You rely upon others for a wide variety of things. Your body is slowly worsening and you need to be careful in everything you do
Stage 5: End Stage – This stage happens when severe complications start to happen because of MS. This is the most serious stage of MS and threats to one’s life arise often here.
It deeply saddens me to know that people are often going through the last stage of Multiple Sclerosis. I wish there was a cure for the disease that will work for everyone. More research needs to be done to test out different treatments. Please help raise awareness for MS and talk to friends and family about it.