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Work, MS and you

If you've been diagnosed with MS, you're the same person the day after diagnosis as you were the day before. You still have your skills and experience.

But the symptoms caused by MS can vary and fluctuate over time and this can be a challenge at work. Some people find no need for any changes to their job or working pattern; others do benefit from simple adjustments.

Don’t rush into a decision

Immediately after a diagnosis or a relapse can be an uncertain time, as you may still be coming to terms with your diagnosis or new symptoms. Any decisions you make at this time – such as whether to give up work, or tell your employer – may not be the right ones for you in the long term.

Instead, you may want to give yourself time to think and adapt to your situation. You may find it helps to talk through your options with someone you trust, such as a family member, friend, or health care professional.

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