The vast majority of people with multiple sclerosis (65-70%) are diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).
With this type of MS, a person usually experiences an initial, aggressive flair up of symptoms, followed by a period of good or even complete recovery.
For the following months or even years the individual may experience a period with no symptoms. This is known as remission.
Relapses tend to become less frequent over the years, with less and less recovery after each relapse.
Symptoms vary, depending on where the central nervous system (CNS) is damaged.
RRMS is a misnomer, as damage continues between attacks during periods of so-called remission, unless the disease is stabilized.
Common symptoms include:
- Vision problems
- Heat sensitivity
- Bladder and/or bowel issues
- Impaired higher mental functions over time