Relapses and MS progression: What you need to know

What is a relapse?

A relapse, also called an "attack," is an episode where existing multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms flare up or new MS symptoms appear. Relapses usually last at least 2 days and may last as long as a few months.

What is a sensory relapse?

A sensory relapse is a mild relapse that causes sensory symptoms such as numbness and tingling.

Are relapses the only sign that my MS is active?

No. MS doesn't just wait for a relapse to do its damage. MS can cause damage without noticeable symptoms even when you are not having an active relapse of the condition. This damage can be seen by your doctor on a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. MS can be active even between relapses, and so should you! Take an active role in your treatment and stick with your MS treatment plan, even when you're not having relapses. Use the Treatment Check-Up tool to see whether it's time to speak to your neurologist about your treatment.

Do relapses have an impact on symptom progression?

A study showed that the more relapses participants had in the first 2 years of MS, the greater their risk of symptom progression. Results have shown that even one extra relapse in the first 2 years can increase the impact of MS on daily activities.

Learn more about how to fight back against relapses.

All material copyright MediResource Inc. 1996 – 2021. Terms and conditions of use. The contents herein are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Source: