What Is Relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis?

Q:
What is relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis?

A:
Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a type called relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS). It usually starts in your 20s or 30s.

If you have RRMS, you may have attacks when your symptoms flare up. These are called relapses.

An attack is followed by a time of recovery when you have no few or no symptoms, called remission. It can last weeks, months, or longer. The disease doesn’t get worse during these breaks.

After 10 to 20 years, RRMS usually changes to a different type of MS called secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. You won’t have relapses as often, but the disease gets gradually worse.

For most people with RRMS, it’s best to start treatment as soon as they’re diagnosed to avoid lasting nerve damage.

Key words: relapsing sclerosis

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