Symptoms of a True Flare
- You develop a new symptom of MS. For example, you’ve never had vision problems before, and suddenly you can’t see clearly out of your left eye.
- A regular problem gets worse. Maybe you’ve had some numbness in your left leg before, but now you can’t feel anything below your knee.
- Your symptoms last for 24 hours or longer. A relapse means a change in your brain, called a lesion. "If a symptom lasts less than 24 hours, it’s something transient that’s not related to a new lesion," says Edward Fox, MD, PhD, director of the MS Clinic of Central Texas.
- Symptoms level off after a while and stop getting worse.
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