What causes pain?

Woman experiencing neck painPain may be caused directly, due to nerve damage, or indirectly, due to other MS symptoms.

Pain could also be:

  • a side effect of drugs
  • linked to an accident or other health condition not related to MS
  • caused by internal symptoms, such as a bladder infection

Neuropathic pain is caused by MS nerve damage in the brain and spinal cord. Nerve damage might cause a range of sensations, from minor irritations to intense sharp or burning pains.

Musculoskeletal pain is the pain in muscles and joints that comes from living with the stresses and strains MS places on the body. For example, difficulties with balance, fatigue or muscle weakness could lead to problems with posture, putting a strain on joints, ligaments or other muscles.

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