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What are the most common symptoms of MS?

Since MS affects everyone differently, you may experience a wide range of symptoms. Some are visible and can be seen by others. Some are invisible and are only seen or felt by the person with MS.

Our MS Symptom Series provides information and tips about different symptoms to discuss with your healthcare team. Remember, your healthcare team should be your primary source for information or any questions.

What is a lesion?

While MS symptoms can be different for everyone, they are all caused by lesions, with varying severity, within the central nervous system. Lesions are damaged areas in the brain or spinal cord. They can grow larger and over time, new lesions can develop. However, finding and treating lesions early may help reduce the size and number of them. You can find answers to common questions about lesions here.

How can I create a wellness plan that fits my needs?

Whether you’re looking for healthy recipes or trying to find new ways to stay active, you can find tips and insights from our Above MS contributors through various articles within the MS Wellness section.

Remember everyone experiences MS differently, so it’s important to talk to your healthcare team before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.

Are there any tips on how to navigate everyday life with MS?

When it comes to living with MS, it can be helpful to hear from people who know it best. You can read articles or hear from others in our video series about what it takes to focus on your needs, and more importantly what you love to do.

Below are some of our video series where you can hear directly from others living with MS:

  • Our She Talks MS series features women living with MS and neurologists who discuss the sensitive but important topics women face
  • In the Honestly MS video series, you can get straight talk about MS from people who know it best—from learning “MS lingo” to breaking down MS myths
  • And if you’re looking for more information about what to consider when making treatment decisions or building your healthcare team, check out the Making MS treatment decisions series
Where can I find more information about COVID-19 as it relates to MS?

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together, your healthcare provider is the best source of information if you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19, a COVID-19 vaccine, and how vaccines relate to your MS treatment.

Should I continue my MS treatment if I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Your healthcare provider is the best source of information regarding your MS treatment and getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Please continue taking your disease modifying therapy (DMT) unless you are advised by your healthcare provider otherwise.

Are there MS support resources related to COVID-19?

In this ever-evolving situation, there are a number of resources available that discuss whether people living with MS should get a COVID-19 vaccine, including the National MS Society (NMSS), the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC), and other organizations. These sites generally recommend that people living with MS discuss COVID-19 vaccine options with their healthcare provider.

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How can I become an Above MS contributor?

Our MS contributors are valuable members of the Above MS community. They help by sharing their own personal experiences and tips on topics from diet and exercise to connecting with your healthcare team.

We’re always looking for more people to become a contributor and join our community. You can visit the Become a contributor page and fill out a form for a chance to become a contributor. If your responses meet the criteria, someone from Above MS will reach out to you with next steps.

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