Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease with many different features.  It has many different symptoms, and it comes in many forms, such as an acute MS attack.  Acute multiple sclerosis is when a person is suffering from a specific symptom or a specific set of symptoms.  This means they are not in a state of remission.  This acute set of symptoms can cause a lot of problems in a person’s life, and it can seriously disrupt their daily routine.  A person with multiple sclerosis may be in a period of remission for months or even years when they are suddenly struck with an acute multiple sclerosis attack that leaves them very disabled and unable to work or care for themselves.

Attacks can come on very suddenly, or there can be some warning signs involved.  Symptoms tend to crop up before they get progressively worse, and this can signal to someone that they are going to have a relapse.  Some symptoms may be harder to notice than others, such as fatigue, muscle weakness, or slight tingling in the extremities.  It is important for anyone who has received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis to keep an eye out for these subtle syndromes and to discuss them with their doctor if they seem to be getting any worse.


Dealing With An Acute MS Attack


If an acute MS attack is occurring in the body, it can be very frustrating.  Luckily, there are things that can be done to help the body cope with the disease inside of it.  The first step to take is to see a medical professional.  They will be able to tell what kind of relapse is going on, what nerves are being affected, and what symptoms you are having.  Then, they can help by prescribing a medication to help with the relapse.  This is usually an aggressive, short-term treatment that will help with the symptoms while the attack is occurring.  It can be taken alongside the other medications that are used to help slow down the progression of multiple sclerosis.  Most of these medication treatments are in the form of intravenous drips or home injections.

It is important to make lifestyle changes during an attack as well.  It may not be possible to keep up with a regular schedule.   Rest is important to the body so that the attack will pass and symptoms can be reduced.  Gentle exercise can be helpful, but too much exercise can exacerbate the condition and prolong it.