Management of Symptoms

Management of Symptoms

The symptoms of multiple sclerosis are some of the most varied of any disease. Each patient has different symptoms depending on the location of the areas of damage caused by the multiple sclerosis.

Damage can occur anywhere in the brain, spinal cord or optic nerves. The number, size, location and degree of damage within each lesion differs with each patient. Symptoms are unique to each person and can can change his or her course of disease in unpredictable ways.

Common Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Impaired Motor Ability

Difficult Coordination


Emotional Changes

Sensory Problems


Vision Changes

Bladder Dysfunction


Bowel Dysfunction

Cognitive Issues

Sexual Dysfunction


Three strategies to decrease symptoms

  1. Disease-modifying therapies to lessen the number of multiple sclerosis attacks, and thus the severity of symptoms.

  2. Treat an attack to reverse the damage.
  3. If symptoms persist, treat the symptoms directly.


 Additional care information

  • Skin care

  • Respiratory care

  • Adaptive driving equipment

Contact Information

Multiple Sclerosis Center
1600 East Jefferson
A Level
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-320-2200
Fax: 206-320-2560

How You Can Help

Swedish is constantly working to ensure patients with debilitating neurological disorders have access to the best treatment options, the latest technology, and state-of-the-art facilities.

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