Sometimes it's hard to know if you're having flare-ups or what experts call pseudo-flares. But what exactly are pseudo-flares? They're symptoms that are temporary — and typically disappear after you eliminate the trigger. What's more, they don't indicate that your MS is progressing. Avoiding triggers such as heat, stress, and even smoking can really help. Remember, whether you call them flare-ups or relapses, if you're having them or pseudo- flares, you may want to talk to your healthcare provider.