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Type of MS
Clinically-isolated syndrome 2 2%
Relapsing-remitting 83 68%
Relapsing secondary progressive 10 8%
Secondary progressive 14 11%
Primary progressive 7 6%
Relapsing progressive MS 5 4%
Are you currently on a disease-modifying therapy?
Yes 67 55%
No 35 29%
Previously 19 16%
Has a stressful event ever precipitated any of your relapses?
Yes 83 68%
No 6 5%
Maybe 27 22%
Not applicable - I don't have relapses 6 5%
If stress has precipitated any of your relapses, do you mind sharing what the stressful event (or events) was?
Work-related. No one at work knows about my MS. I had 4 months of work to do in 3 months. My job normally isn't that
unreasonable thankfully. I say maybe because the relapse was coincident with the high stress period. The high
stress did not clearly precede the relapse, but I do feel pretty sure that the stress made the relapse worse. 1)
husband's successive heart attacks, 2) family deaths 3) computer hack 4) financial stressors Death of my
mother. Family dispute that lead to an anxiety attack. Fear of illness in a close relative and mobbing at
work. Change of employer, reduction of my ...
In general do you suffer more stress before a relapse?
Yes 55 45%
No 6 5%
Maybe 46 38%
Not applicable - I don't have relapses 14 11%
I believe stress and relapses are reinforcing, but I don't know if stress precedes relapses for
me. My employer made me redundant, stress was around the terms of me leaving. No
longer have relapses but am aware it is a possible risk for me and avoid that kind of stress. I'm
not sure. I don't have typical relapses. Stress can trigger the disease process and worsen it once it is in place. It
can trigger relapses. Having MS and relapses is stressful. You can see the potential for a downward, stress-driven
spiral no doubt. MS needs to be treated holistically, including the mental health of the pati ...
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