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MS and age...

Are the symptoms of MS more noticeable on those in their 40s or 50s then those in their 20s and 30s?  Can someone with MS end up on a wheelchair when they're in their 20s or even 30s?
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MS may worsen over time and we also age over time, so it would seem that MS may worsen as you age.

There are different types of MS and everyone's MS is different, so there are some people in wheelchairs in their 20s (and even younger) but not all of them necessarily stay in the wheelchairs.

I agree with the community members' comments, that it would make sense to speak with your neurologist about your particular situation.
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hi Liz, The doctor usually isn't around on the weekends, so I would like to invite you over to the community run MS forum - I am sure your question will stimulate lots of conversation there while you wait for his official answer here.  

be well,
Lulu
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Thanks, will do.
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Hello Liz, in my opinion MS does worsen with age.
I had my first attack at the age of twenty eight and remained asymtomatic until the age of thirty six.

By then I was chronic and went from walking to wheelchair in two years.

I am forty nine now and very slowed down.

I recommend that you and your doc discuss the reality of aging and MS. It may be time to make changes to meds ect.

Good luck!
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If I remember correctly, from what I've read when MS begins later in life it is more likely to be the progressive type rather than relapsing/remitting.  It tends to progress faster.

WAF
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I'm new to the board, thank all of you for your postings.  I have t2 hyperintense lesion in left pericallosal  white matter of the  frontal lobe with subtle enhancement  on the postcontrast sequesences  the fingings are suspicious for possibillity of demyelinating disease.
t2 weighed and flair demonstrate focu of increased t2 signal in the white pericallosal white  matter of the left lobe that measure 6mm, there isa tiny mm focus of the increase signal of the right  pericallosal white matter.

I'm 47 year old male.  I don't return to my neuro for two weeks, I had bad headaches that & my eye turned red.
From what I have read to date this may be age related or just the start of demyelinating disease.
The side effects that I think I have is that I feel light headed & fine myself grabbing for handrails more and more.

Could I have anyone's thoughts?  What do think is going on I was told if the results were bad I would receive a call,
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