Types of MS
In relapsing remitting MS, people have distinct attacks of symptoms which then fade away either partially or completely. Around 85 per cent of people with MS are diagnosed with this type.
Many people with relapsing remitting MS go on to have secondary progressive MS. It means they have a sustained build-up of disability, completely independent of any relapses.
Primary progressive MS affects about 10 to 15 per cent of people diagnosed with MS. Symptoms gradually get worse over time, rather than appearing as sudden attacks (relapses).
MS in children is rare. Around five to ten per cent of young people with MS will experience MS symptoms before the age of 16.
If you have a small number of relapses followed by a complete recovery, you may be described as having benign MS.
Benign MS can only be diagnosed retrospectively, after a period of at least 10 to 15 years.