Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis is one of four forms of the disease. In fact, most people with MS are at first diagnosed with this form. If you have relapsing-remitting MS, you experience periodic attacks of the disease and its symptoms, followed by periods of remission. Remissions can be long, even a year or more in length, but they are not predictable-an infection or sickness could trigger a relapse of symptoms.
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Multiple Sclerosis Foundation answeredAt the onset, relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) is the most common form of the disease. It is characterized by clearly defined acute attacks -- also known as exacerbations -- that last from days to weeks, with full recovery or with some remaining neurological symptoms and residual deficit upon recovery. Periods between relapses are characterized by stability and the absence of disease progression. About 85 percent of those with MS are initially diagnosed with this form of the disease.
There are several different forms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), considered by some as a "milder form" of MS, is one in which patients experience a relapse (e.g. loss of vision is one eye, weakness, numbness, loss of bladder control, unsteadiness when walking which lasts several weeks) and then have complete or near complete resolution of their symptoms so they are able to return to near normal level of functioning. Such relapses in RRMS occur infrequently, typically 1-2/year, and afterwards patients are once again able to return to near normal level of functioning without progressive disability. Over the long term (15-20 years), if untreated, RRMS patients can experience disease progression with persistent symptoms/disability and the inability to walk without a cane.