Benign MS

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 once you have experienced little or no disability for a period of 10 to 15 years.

A diagnosis of benign MS does not guarantee that you will be free of problems, as a relapse may occasionally occur after many years in which your MS has been inactive.

Sometimes people call a period of mild symptoms right after a diagnosis "benign MS". This is often shown later to have been a period of remission.

This means that the person in fact has relapsing remitting MS - it’s just very mild to start with, or has more sensory, less mobility effects.

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Page last updated: 08 Jan 2013

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