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Statins Trial Could Provide Hope for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

| May 15, 2017 | Multiple Sclerosis, Wellness studies

The upcoming trials of an inexpensive drug that is already used to lower high cholesterol levels will be watched closely by doctors as well as patients who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

In 2014, trials found that MS patients who were administered Simvastatin showed significant reductions in brain atrophy levels, compared to those who were not given the drug. That was a smaller trial with just 140 participants, but a new larger trial that is due to begin soon will focus on more than 1,100 people, and will try to confirm the results of the earlier study.

The new study will specifically look at whether the administration of Simvastatin helps reduce the progression of MS in patients. Researchers are optimistic that the drug holds plenty of potential for millions of Multiple Sclerosis sufferers in the United Kingdom – where the trial will be conducted – and around the world.

MS is a progressive disorder, which primarily affects the brain and spinal cord. Over time, the person will begin to experience blurred vision, constant pain, fatigue, cognitive problems, muscular stiffness, and other issues. According to estimates, more than 350,000 Americans currently suffer from MS. Women are much more likely to be affected by the condition than men, with the condition being more common among people between the ages of 20 and 50.

Filing a successful Social Security disability benefits claim for Multiple Sclerosis will require a strong clinical diagnosis by your neurologist, as well as a summary of all the symptoms and impairments that make it difficult for you to perform basic work activities.