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How is secondary progressive multiple sclerosis related to relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis?

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People with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) start out with another type of MS -- relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

If you've been diagnosed with SPMS you may have had relapsing-remitting MS for a decade or more. That's when you may begin to feel a shift in your disease.

The changes are often difficult to recognize, but you may notice that your relapses may not seem to fully go away.

SOURCES:

Up-To-Date: "Treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis in adults."

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Secondary Progressive MS."

Cleveland Clinic: "Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about secondary progressive multiple sclerosis."

Koch, M. , 2010. Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery Psychiatry

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada: "Living with Progressive MS."

Medscape Education: Clinical Review of Management of Secondary Progressive MS."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

SOURCES:

Up-To-Date: "Treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis in adults."

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Secondary Progressive MS."

Cleveland Clinic: "Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about secondary progressive multiple sclerosis."

Koch, M. , 2010. Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery Psychiatry

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada: "Living with Progressive MS."

Medscape Education: Clinical Review of Management of Secondary Progressive MS."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

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What percentage of people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis eventually get secondary progressive multiple sclerosis?

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