MS Alliance
About Multiple Sclerosis Patients with Prescriptions

About MS
Causes of MS
Pregnancy and MS
Treatment for MS
Genetics and MS
Course of MS
Silent progression of MS
Symptoms of MS
Types of MS
MS facts
Questions to ask
Diagnosing MS
Treating MS
Finding support
The Science Behind the Disease
Talking to your doctor about MS
Silent progression of MS

Q: How does MS progress?

A: Research shows that MS continues to progress, even when a person is not having relapses. This happens because MS has two components: the invisible disease and the visible results of it.

The invisible, or silent, aspect of MS is the ongoing inflammation in the CNS (the brain and spinal cord), permanent scarring, and loss of brain and/or spinal cord tissue.

This invisible disease progression can lead to the visible effects of MS that may include:

  • relapses (e.g., temporary episodes of problems with walking, speech, or vision)
  • physical disability (e.g., sensory, motor, or other neurological problems that persist or continue to progress)
  • cognitive dysfunction (e.g., problems with memory and other thinking skills)
Therefore, it is very important to treat MS as early as possible, to slow the progression of disability.