Primary Progressive MS
Primary-progressive MS (PPMS) is one of the rare types of multiple sclerosis, and only affects 10 percent of those with the disease. Unlike those with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), people with PPMS experience a steady deterioration of neurologic function. There are no acute relapses or remissions. Some of the most common symptoms include trouble with balance and coordination and difficulty walking.
The approved therapies for MS target inflammation in the central nervous system, which doesn’t help those with PPMS. Because of this, treatment is focused on relieving individual symptoms and maintaining a good quality of life. Fortunately, new research is in the works for developing a disease-modifying drug for PPMS patients.