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Table 1 Characteristics of the participants (n = 256)

From: Sensitivity to heat in MS patients: a factor strongly influencing symptomology - an explorative survey

Age, years, Mean (SD)    47 (SD±11)
   Women    48.3 (SD±11)
   Men    44.8 (SD±10.1)
    (P=0.022)
Civil status, n (%)    
   Married/cohabitant    184 (72)
   Living alone    72 (28)
Education, n (%)    
   Lower: Compulsory - Secondary school    168 (66)
   Higher: After secondary school - University    88 (34)
Occupation, n (%)    
   Work    106 (42)
   Work and part-time retired or on sick leave    46 (18)
   No work    103 (40)
   Missing data (n = 1)    
Age at onset, year, Md (Q1 ; Q3 )    31 (25; 38)
Years since onset of MS symptoms, Md (Q1 ; Q3 )    13 (8; 22)
Course of the disease, n (%)    
   Relapsing - remitting (RR)    186 (73)
   Progressive forms (primary [PP] and secondary progressive [SP])    70 (27)
Disease severity, n (%)    
   Normal neurological condition, EDSS = 0    26 (10)
   Mild, 1.0≤EDSS≤ 3.5    157 (61)
   Moderate, 4.0≤ EDSS≤5.5    30 (12)
   Severe, 6.0≤ EDSS≤6.5    43 (17)
Medication, n (%)    
   No pharmacological treatment 54 (21)   
   Pharmacological treatment 202 (79)   
Immune-modulating treatment   144 (56)  
β-interferon    91 (36)
glatiramer acetate    33 (13)
natalizumab    20 (8)
For fatigue   32 (13)  
modafinil    32(13)
amantadinchlorid    2(0.7)
Antidepressants   46 (18)  
Analgesics   61 (24)  
Spasmolytical treatment   36 (14)