Pain and Sensory

Until the mid-1980s, many people, including doctors, considered MS to be a painless condition. It is now widely recognised that MS can cause pain and that at least a third of all people with MS will feel some level of pain at some time.

No two people will experience exactly the same pain. MS pain can come and go in short bursts, or may last longer. It can be a daily nuisance, a distressing but occasional shock, or an ongoing ache that makes it hard to think about anything else. Even mild changes in sensations can have an impact on daily life, so it is important that pain is acknowledged and managed.

Describing and explaining MS pain to health care professionals helps the causes to be found, and knowing the cause of pain can help find the most appropriate ways to manage it. This may include a combination of physiotherapy, drug treatments, complementary therapies and making adjustments to the way that daily activities are approached.

It is best to determine which combination of treatments will suit you by talking about your individual circumstances with your doctor. With recognition and support, it is possible to find relief or gain some control over pain, making it easier to cope with this difficult symptom.

Sensory problems relate to the altered feelings some people with MS can experience. These may include numbness, tingling or pins and needles. While these may not necessarily be painful they can be uncomfortable.


My Pain Feels Like

Practical information on managing pain:


Other useful links and resources:


 

Latest News

More news

What's hot

Ipiccy_painting_live

National Conference

Watch LIVE talks from our 'Living Well with MS' conference this Saturday, 23rd September in Sligo. Tune in from 9.45am. 

Find out more

Events Calendar

» Our next Event

25 September 2017: Group Physiotherapy Classes for people with MS- every Monday. If you are interested in joining please contact the ...

View all events

eNEWS SIGNUP

If you'd like to receive e-news updates from The Society please enter your email address below. If you want to know more about how we manage personal data then please see our privacy policy.

My local MSI

Map of MS Ireland's service areas South Mid West West Midlands South East North East North West North Dublin City and Fingal South West Dublin and Kildare South East Dublin and Wicklow