MS is a lifelong condition that can affect overall health. With proper management of symptoms, people living with MS can often remain active for many years. And not everyone will have complications. However, some complications are common to many people living with MS.
Here are seven common issues that affect people with MS, and ways to help manage them.

Corticosteroids are no longer the first line of defense against MS. This is because of the risk of side effects of corticosteroids and the development of more effective MS treatments. Now corticosteroids are typically used only to make an attack go away quickly.
Complications from short-term oral corticosteroid use include:
  • high blood pressure
  • fluid retention
  • pressure in the eyes
  • weight gain
  • mood and memory problems
Few people should take corticosteroids long term. However, if you do take a corticosteroid long term, you may be at greater risk for complications that include:
  • infections
  • high blood sugar
  • thin bones and fractures
  • cataracts
  • bruises
  • reduced adrenal gland function