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Friday, December 23, 2016

Relapsing-Remitting MS: What to Expect


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When you have relapsing-remitting MS, you'll find that your symptoms come and go. You may have a flare-up that lasts a few days or more and then long stretches when you feel much better. But through it all, you'll likely be able to keep up with most of the things that are important to you.
"Most patients continue to work, exercise, have a family, and enjoy most of their regular activities," says neurologist Ann Cabot, DO. And if your flares become frequent or intense, there are treatments to help get them under control.

What Happens When I Get a Flare-Up?

You won't be able to predict when or how often it happens. You may have a few each year, or you might go for several years without any.
The symptoms aren't the same for everyone, but during a flare you might have problems like:
  • Fatigue
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Vision problems
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Trouble with balance
  • Bowel and bladder problems
  • Difficulty with learning, memory, or taking in new information
You may need to make some plans to handle the ups and downs of your symptoms. You might need:
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