Discussing multiple sclerosis symptoms with your patients

Discuss with your patients the symptoms they find most troubling

Although the symptoms of MS are complex and their pathophysiology is not fully understood, the burden they put on patients living with MS is clear:

Patients living with MS experience a wide range of symptoms[1][2][3]

Many MS symptoms are 'invisible'[1][2]

MS symptoms can worsen over time, significantly affecting patients and their care givers[4][5][6]

Consider asking your patients living with MS to share the full range of their symptoms, including those that are not outwardly visible to others or those which are potentially embarrassing, to gain a clearer insight into how their disease is affecting them.

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