There are several different types of MS. Most people with MS have either relapsing-remitting MS or secondary progressive MS.
- Relapsing/Remitting: Relapsing MS is where you have periods of symptoms followed by periods of non-symptoms in which your function becomes completely normal again. Remitting MS is where you have periods of symptoms followed by periods of non-symptoms – but the periods of non-symptoms don’t come all the way back to normal function. In fact, the non-symptomatic periods get progressively worse.
- Secondary Progressive: Secondary Progressive MS is where you start out with periods of symptoms followed by periods of non-symptoms, but then progress to a constant symptomatic state.
- Progressive Relapsing: Progressive Relapsing MS is where you have spikes of symptoms followed by lower symptomatic states that get progressively worse over time.
- Primary Progressive: Primary Progressive MS is where you get continually worse over time with no non-symptomatic states.