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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Video Presentation: Multiple Sclerosis - What A Relapse Can Be Like
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Most people who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a type called relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS). MS is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the insulating membranes (myelin) that surround nerves within the central nervous system.
If you have RRMS, a new damage in the brain or spinal cord disrupts nerve signals. That's why you might notice new symptoms or the return of old symptoms. Relapses vary in length, severity, symptoms and are followed by recovery or remission of symptoms.
In relapses, symptoms usually come on over a short period of time – over hours or days. They often stay for a number of weeks, usually four to six, though this can vary from very short periods of only a few days to many months. Relapses can vary from mild to severe. At their worst, acute relapses may need hospital treatment.
A remission can last weeks, months, or even longer. When you are in remission, you may have few or no symptoms. The disease is stable during this time -- meaning it doesn't progress. When you go into remission you may or may not return to your previous condition level.
The symptoms of relapsing-remitting MS may include:
Weakness, trouble moving and muscle stiffness
Vision problems (double vision or partial blindness)