There are four major types of multiple sclerosis, but there are also various sub-types of MS.  Benign MS is one of these sub-types that falls under the relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis category.  Benign multiple sclerosis is characterized by having very few relapsing.  The word ‘benign’ is a little misleading, because the disease is still present in the body and there may be some symptoms that crop up.  However, in benign MS, people are usually in a state of remission where they do not experience debilitating symptoms.  This is usually a first stage of multiple sclerosis.  Most people who are initially diagnosed with benign MS under the relapsing-remitting type will go on to have a more progressive and active form of the disease.

If a person with benign MS does not experience many symptoms, they may not need a lot of medication treatment.  However, it is important to remember that they will still need treatment to keep any lesions on the brain or spinal cord from growing.  Preventative treatment is also a good idea to keep the disease from progressing into a worsening state.  Someone with benign multiple sclerosis should always keep in touch with their medical professional about their symptoms and any changes.


The Progression of Benign MS


Benign MS typically starts out with mild symptoms and few lesions.  People in this sub-type of multiple sclerosis are typically in a period of remission.  They may have some relapses, but they are typically spaced very far apart, sometimes with years between them.  Some people will stay in the benign multiple sclerosis stage for 15 years or more.  However, most people with multiple sclerosis will move to a more advanced stage of the disease and is progresses.  Many people with benign MS will move to the progressive-secondary stage after a few years.  This stage will require more medical treatment and lifestyle changes in order to reduce the effects of the disease on the body.

Anyone who has received a benign MS diagnosis should remember that they still have the disease active in their body.  It is important to take care of the body in order to help slow the progression of this chronic disease.  Making lifestyle changes, such as changing diet and nutrition, exercise habits, and sleep schedules can ensure a body is in its prime shape.  This will help it to fight off the symptoms of the disease naturally.  It can be a great supplement to other medications and treatment.