Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS)

Multiple sclerosis can be divided into various types. One of the most common types is primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). It is a special type of MS that does not cause inflammation as much as other types.

The most common symptoms observed in people with primary progressive multiple sclerosis are related to walking disorders. It is a rare condition that affects between 10 to 15 percent of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Its symptoms are progressive.

Some other types of multiple sclerosis include:

  • Secondary progressive MS (SPMS)
  • Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS)
  • Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS)

The other types of MS are also known as courses and they are grouped based on how they affect your body. The treatment methods, severity of the symptoms, long-term prognosis vary for each type.

Prognosis for PPMS

Primary progressive multiple sclerosis has an unpredictable outlook. Its outlook is also different for everyone. Unlike other types of multiple sclerosis, people with multiple sclerosis may have more problems with movement. According to studies, a large percentage of people who retire from the workforce have PPMS. People with this condition also need help to perform daily activities.

Symptoms are more severe and noticeable in older people. For example, organs such as the bladder, genitals, and bowels start to malfunction in older people.