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How can multiple sclerosis (MS) affect walking?

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At least three out of four people with MS never lose the ability to walk. While some folks in that group might need help with a crutch or cane, they never have movement problems that put them in bed or a wheelchair permanently.

Some experts think that those odds are even better. Many studies of long-term disability were done before people used disease-modifying drugs.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Study Shows Life Expectancy for People with MS Increasing Over Time, But Still Lower Than the General Population," "Multiple Sclerosis FAQs," "Disease-Modifying Therapies for MS," "9 Myths," "Who Gets MS? (Epidemiology)," "Pregnancy and Reproductive Issues," "Genetics: The Basic Facts," "Exercise," "Talking with Your MS Patients about Difficult Topics," "Employment," "Career Options."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's MS Focus: "Common Questions."

Mayo Clinic: "Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise & Multiple Sclerosis."

MS International Federation: "Employment and MS."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 20, 2018

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Study Shows Life Expectancy for People with MS Increasing Over Time, But Still Lower Than the General Population," "Multiple Sclerosis FAQs," "Disease-Modifying Therapies for MS," "9 Myths," "Who Gets MS? (Epidemiology)," "Pregnancy and Reproductive Issues," "Genetics: The Basic Facts," "Exercise," "Talking with Your MS Patients about Difficult Topics," "Employment," "Career Options."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's MS Focus: "Common Questions."

Mayo Clinic: "Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise & Multiple Sclerosis."

MS International Federation: "Employment and MS."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 20, 2018

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