Do You Go Into Remission With Ms?

Question

Asked by Debbie

Do You Go Into Remission With Ms?

I was diagnosed with MS then several months later felt fine. I had symptoms of veritgo, tingling and numbness, and my memory wasn't the same. This went on for a few months before the doctor told me it was MS. He also thought the MRI showed white matter at the front forehead which could mean MS. Then it all went away. Now my legs feel weak, aching and tingling again. Do you go into remission with MS?

Answer

Hi Debbie,

Welcome to MS Central. Approximately 85% of all patients diagnosed with MS start with the Relapsing-Remitting form of the disease. See What Type of MS Do You Have?

for a description of the other forms of the disease.

What typically happens is that a patient will have a relapse (exacerbation, attack) of MS-related symptoms and impairment. Then when those symptoms (or impairments) subside, the patient is in the remitting (or recovery) stage of the disease. Some patients will go back to baseline during the remissions, but there are others patients who experience incomplete recovery and have residual disability or symptoms.

If your symptoms continue to progress and last longer than 24 hours, then please contact your neurologist. He/she might want to see you to determine if this is an exacerbation and if you need a round of steroids right now.

This is the classic pattern of MS - relapse, remission, relapse, remission. One of the best things you can do is to stay in touch with your neurologist.

Please let us know how you are doing and what happens with your doctor.