Severely affected by MS

  • Clive, severely affected by MS

Around 10-15% of people with MS will become severely affected, living with high levels of disability and many complex symptoms.

You may find some of the information on these pages upsetting. There is help if you need it. See emotional support for more.

Severe MS can affect almost every action, from eating a meal to going outside.

It is vital that people who are severely affected by MS get the right care and support. 

The symptoms of severe MS are similar to those experienced at any stage of MS.

The difference is someone with severe MS will experience many, or even most, of these symptoms simultaneously.


It really helps if care can be coordinated by a multi-disciplinary team. 

An MS Nurse

The different specialists will help ensure complex symptoms associated with severe MS are managed well and will try and prevent complications.

Find out about care and support for people severely affected by MS.

Everyone with MS has the right to make choices about the care they receive now, as well as in the future. 

It’s a good idea to talk about these issues well in advance, as symptoms can make it hard for people to express their wishes.

Read more about planning end of life care

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