Progressive Relapsing MS

Progressive relapsing MS (PRMS) is the least common type of multiple sclerosis. We list some ways of managing the symptoms to shorten and lessen the severity of the relapse.

As you can see from our graph, people with progressive relapsing MS (PRMS) experience both progressive neurological decline and attacks.

What is Progressive Relapsing MS (PRMS)?

PRMS is the least common type of multiple sclerosis. It is estimated that only 5% of people with MS have PRMS.

In this uncommon form of MS, people experience both progressive neurological decline with increasing disability, and also attacks or relapses.  PRMS is often misdiagnosed as primary progressive MS (PPMS) until the relapses start.

In addition to the more common MS symptoms, people with PRMS will typically experience a continuous decrease in mobility, with occasional, noticeable attacks such as sudden weakness of an arm or leg, visual disturbance, or sensory symptoms. 

PRMS affects men and women equally and people with PRMS tend to be diagnosed in their mid-to-late 30s.

Symptoms of Progressive Relapsing MS

Symptoms of progressive relapsing MS are similar to primary progressive MS. The following symptoms may be felt and can progress over time:

Treatment for Progressive Relapsing MS

PRMS is not classified as a life-limiting condition.  Symptoms can be managed to lessen and shorten the intensity of the relapse.  However, the symptoms can affect your activities of daily living.

Treatment includes:

Diet 

Exercise to ease fatigue, balance, stiffness and other symptoms

Meditation

Sunlight and vitamin D 

MS medication

If you have been recently diagnosed with progressive relapsing MS, or another type, you may feel like you would do anything to feel better. The OMS 7-Step recovery program offers a combination of all these lifestyle changes, with evidence showing that it offers realistic hope for people with MS to live fulfilling and happy lives.

If you need support, feel free to contact us, and take a look at all the different ways you can receive support if you are living with MS.