Types of MS

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MS affects everyone differently. 

People with the same type of MS won't necessarily experience the same symptoms in the same way.

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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. 

Find out more about RRMS.

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.

Find out more about SPMS.

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).

Find out more about PPMS

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.

Find out more about childhood MS

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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. 

Find out more about benign MS

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