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What is advanced MS?

You're severely affected by MS if it restricts a lot how much you can move around. You'll also have a lot of MS symptoms at the same time. These won't go away and are complicated to deal with. All this means that, in your day to day life, you have to rely on others a lot, or completely.

You might become severely affected only for a while, during a serious relapse when your symptoms and disability suddenly get worse. But usually people who are severely affected by MS gradually get that way after many years of having it. Another term for this stage is 'advanced MS'. When MS affects you this badly, you may need to make major changes to your life. This can be a challenge for you and those close to you.

Whether you're severely affected by MS for a while or permanently, it can affect almost everything you do, from eating to going outside.

You, and the family and friends who look after you, will need the right care and support. This includes the right services as well as equipment to help you keep your independence.

Get information about care and support for people with severe MS.

Symptoms of advanced MS

The symptoms of advanced MS are similar to those you can get at any stage of MS.

The difference is that you'll get many of these symptoms at the same time. These symptoms won't go away and can be difficult to deal with.

Click the links to read more about these symptoms and how to manage them: