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What are the three different types of multiple sclerosis?

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The way the disease changes and gets worse is different for each of the three types of multiple sclerosis (MS):

  • Relapsing-remitting MS: People with this type have attacks when their symptoms get worse, called relapses, followed by full, partial, or no recovery. These flares seem to change over several days to weeks. Recovery from an attack takes weeks, sometimes months, but symptoms don’t get worse during this time. Most people have this type when they’re first diagnosed with MS.
  • Secondary-progressive MS: People who get this type usually start with relapsing-remitting MS. Over time, symptoms stop coming and going and begin getting steadily worse. The change may happen shortly after MS symptoms appear, or it may take years or decades.
  • Primary-progressive MS: In this type, symptoms gradually get worse without any obvious relapses or remissions. About 15% of all people with MS have this form, but it’s most common type for people diagnosed after age 40.

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Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

SOURCE: 

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on August 26, 2019

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