There are four main types of multiple sclerosis.  These include relapsing-remitting MS, secondary-progressive MS, primary-progressive MS, and progressive-relapsing MS.  These four main types of multiple sclerosis are the only ones officially recognized.  Some people may experience different types of multiple sclerosis throughout the course of their disease, as they tend to come in progressive stages.

The most common type of MS is relapsing-remitting MS.  For most people, it is the first stage of the disease that they will have, and it is the first diagnosis they will recieve.  Secondary-progressive MS is the second stage of the disease, and it follows the relapsing-remitting stage.  Some people may be diagnosed at this stage if they haven’t received prior medical treatment for their symptoms.  Secondary-progressive MS tends to show up a few years after the relapsing-remitting MS stage.  These two types of multiple sclerosis usually have a period where the symptoms plateau, providing some relief.

The two rarer forms of MS include primary-progressive MS and progressive-relapsing MS.  Of the different types of multiple sclerosis, primary-progressive is the one most often found in men.  This type of MS has a gradual decline without periods of complete remission.  Progressive-relapsing MS is the rarest form, and it is characterized by a rapid progression in the disease from the onset, with no relief from the symptoms.


Treatment for Types of Multiple Sclerosis


Since there are 4 types of multiple sclerosis, there are many different treatments that can be used. Some medications can be used for the treatment of more than one type of MS.  Other medications are specifically designed to work on only one type of MS.  Consulting with a medical professional who knows about the different types of multiple sclerosis is the best way to get the right medication for the current stage and progression of the disease.

While there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, there are many different treatments that can help to delay the progression of the disease, increase mobility, and reduce the pain associated with MS symptoms.  Most MS medications are given either intravenously or through an injection.  Very few MS treatments are available in an oral form.  Other forms of treatment can be very beneficial as well, including lifestyle changes.  Changing diet and adding gentle exercise can be very helpful in reducing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.  Adding vitamins and minerals can also help aid with the progressive disease.