Memory and thinking
Problems with memory and thinking - also called 'cognitive problems' - can affect people with MS, but most people will be affected mildly.
There are plenty of tips to help with these changes, and neuropsychologists can also help you deal with them.
"Cognition" refers to memory and thinking. MS most commonly affects remembering recent events and remembering to do things. Problem solving and word finding may also be difficult on occasion.
It can be frightening to feel that you don't have a grip on things that used to come more easily, but cognitive problems can also be affected by other things, including stress, fatigue and relapses.
Cognitive problems are not inevitably progressive. They are not destined to get steadily worse once they start. Some people may eventually develop severe cognitive problems, but most people do not.
Strategies and tools to compensate or improve cognitive problems can make things easier. A neuropsychological assessment can help you work out problem areas and how to tackle them.