Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects everyone differently. No two people have the exact same symptoms or experiences with the disease. Since MS affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, you may have a wide range of symptoms. Some are visible and can be seen by others. Others are invisible and are only seen or felt by the person with MS.
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For some, pain may be mildly uncomfortable. For others, it may be intense. Because of this range of experiences, pain can sometimes be hard to talk about with your healthcare provider. But when it comes to pain, speaking up for yourself is the key. Nobody else can communicate something that you are feeling better than you can. It is important to speak up for yourself so you and your healthcare provider can come up with a care plan that works best for you and your pain.
Tips to help you talk to your healthcare provider about pain:
Here are a few helpful tips when describing your pain:
If you feel pain, it is important to speak to your healthcare provider and be as specific as you can. Being open, honest, and precise about your pain is the first step toward finding ways to care for it.