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I've Been Diagnosed With Relasping/remitting MS But Haven't Experienced A Remission Yet. How Long Do Exacerbations Last?

I've Been Diagnosed With Relasping/remitting MS But Haven't Experienced A Remission Yet. How Long Do Exacerbations Last?

My symptoms that got me diagnosed started about a year and a half ago have gotten slowly & steadily worse. My right hand & arm is also going numb now and starting to feel numbness in my legs and feet. Thought you had remissions with RRMS and not steadily worsening symptoms. Is this normal?

posted August 22, 2013
A MyMSTeam Member

I have MS for almost 5 yrs RRMS, although my symptoms never really go away , when you have an exacerbation you will know it! Anytime you have new or worsening symptoms, check in with your Neuro. That's what they are there for... The first few years are scary and a huge learning process!

posted August 22, 2013
A MyMSTeam Member

Everyone is different, Sherri3566! MS is a very individualized disease. My numbers may be off here - The exacerbation lasts a few days then the symptoms linger as the body heals the myelin sheath of the nerve/s affected. The first bad one was a year for everything to heal and I was left without any residual symptoms. I had relapses about every 10 years after that and they have gotten closer together since 2000. I have had MS since 1975.

posted August 22, 2013
A MyMSTeam Member

I have the same symptoms as you. I was diagnosed three years ago and, nothing has gotten any better, but also hasn't got much worse. One specialist said that he thought I had it for at least 30 years, so it has been a slow process. Now that I think of it though, the reason he thought that was because I had a lazy eye after the birth of my daughter. That did get better. But I have never felt like I had an attack. Anyway, I will be interested in hearing the answers you get to this question.

posted August 23, 2013
A MyMSTeam Member

so happy to see you are still walkng! What meds are you taking?

posted August 23, 2013
A MyMSTeam Member

My first attack in 1954. I'm still walking.

posted August 22, 2013

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