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Multiple sclerosis (MS)
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No one knows MS better than the people with MS. Read the inspiring stories of people who are challenging what it means to live with MS.

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis Progression

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) damages the protective layer of the nerve and the nerve itself. When that occurs, it affects the ability of the nerves and muscles to communicate. MS symptoms can be either episodic - meaning they come and go – or progressive. Understanding MS symptoms and phases is key to being able to recognize progression.

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Changes in MS Symptoms Could Signal Progression

MS symptoms are not only unpredictable, they show up differently from person-to-person. The disease affects the brain and spinal cord by damaging the protective covering (myelin) and causing inflammation. This means that each person’s symptom depends on which part of the Central Nervous System (CNS) is affected.

Physical Symptoms

Physical Symptoms

Many of the physical symptoms of MS are related to damaged nerve function. That’s why people living with MS can see changes in their mobility, vision, strength, sensory processing and sexual health.
Cognitive Symptoms

Cognitive Symptoms

Between 40 and 70% of people with MS will experience subtle cognitive effects, which makes it easy to think they are just changes that come with aging. Report cognitive symptoms – such as memory loss and low processing speed to your doctor.
Emotional Symptoms

Emotional Symptoms

People with MS tend to go through different emotional reactions. Some common MS symptoms are depression, anxiety, and low quality of life. If you notice any emotional changes you may think are related to your MS, let your doctor know right away.

The physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms listed are some of the more common symptoms of MS. Because the condition is different from person-to-person, symptoms can show up in other ways.

More MS symptoms

Be sure to discuss anything you notice with your doctor.

Track your symptoms by filling out Your MS questionnaire. Show the results to your doctor during your next visit so they can make a plan that’s appropriate for you.

Take Your MS questionnaire

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Create a reminder to do it later. America/New_York Your MS Questionnaire Reminder Ready to track your symptoms? This questionnaire focuses on the past 6 months, and will ask about any relapses, your symptoms and their impact on your daily life. That’s why we recommend you redo this questionnaire every 6 months. If needed, ask a family member, partner or caregiver for help and input when completing the questionnaire.

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