How common is pain in multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Pain is often overlooked in multiple sclerosis (MS) -- an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system where communication between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted due to a break down in the insulating myelin that surrounds a person's nerves.

Several studies have suggested that between 43-80 percent of people with MS experience pain, which significantly impacts quality of life and functioning in people with MS. People in the advanced stages of MS can have pain related to spasticity, infection, pressure sores, headache, muscle contractures, as well as muscle and bone pain that can come from their limited ability to move.

Continued research is needed on effective pain management for people with MS, but working with your healthcare practitioner can be critical to quality of life.

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