Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive disease. While MS can present itself differently for each person, its underlying biology is similar for everyone. No matter what form of MS a person is diagnosed with, disease progression is present from the start. Here, we address frequently discussed myths and misconceptions about MS, shedding light on what disease progression really means, how it affects people with MS and how to best manage it.

Understanding what disease progression in MS means for you and your health is an important step in taking an active role in managing your disease. Explore our hub to learn more about disease progression and read stories from the MS community on the importance of managing your MS early and live life to the fullest.


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