MS symptoms and quality of life
After you’re diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), your doctor will regularly monitor how your brain is functioning to get a better understanding of how your MS may be progressing overtime. But this alone doesn't provide a full picture of life with the condition...
"For everybody it's not about how many brain lesions you've got or how this MS is manifesting itself on scans and MRIs. For all of us it's about our lives, it's about our identities, our relationships, and howwe feel about our ability to work and our futures. They're the things that are really important to us."
Living with MS
You may feel okay most of the time and that your symptoms come and go. Or you might find your symptoms aren’t that bad and you can make adjustments to your life to cope with them – but that shouldn’t be the case. You shouldn’t have to compromise your lifestyle or the things you enjoy doing because of your condition. Explore our talk to your doctor guide to support you in having conversations with your neurologist about any compromises you may currently be making.
You may also find that over time some of your symptoms remain or get worse which unfortunately can lead to permanent disability. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor and think about your treatment options as early as possible.
Even though you feel your MS isn’t having too much of an impact, you may be making bigger adjustments because of your symptoms than you realise. There’s a wide range of MS symptoms that could have a disabling impact on your life and these go far beyond problems with mobility.
There are a wide range of MS symptoms beyond mobility problems that can have a disabling impact on people's lives.
Talk to Your Doctor Guide
Create a personalised guide to help you evaluate and discuss your MS at appointments with your neurologist.
Understanding side effects and symptoms
Learn about the differences between side effects and symptoms and how to identify them.
Keeping track of MS
Explore tips and tricks on how to effectively keep track of your MS.