Newly Diagnosed

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Newly Diagnosed

MS Ireland is here to provide the support, resources and information you need.

In the last few hours, days or weeks your neurologist has told you that you have MS. After what may have been weeks or months of symptoms and tests you have a diagnosis. You may feel relieved, angry, sad, frustrated or accepting of the news. What ever way you feel now, know that it is normal.

The next few weeks will be period of adjustment. You may be emotional, have questions or block out all thoughts of MS. However, know that this website and other services and supports from MS Ireland are here to help when you’re ready. Andy was recently diagnosed with MS, here he outlines his experience.

Starting Off

We know you have lots of questions at the moment. Our staff talk to people newly diagnosed everyday, they have put together these common first questions. Our trained staff can answer your questions - Call the MS Information Line on 0818 233 233 Monday to Friday 9.30am-5pm or email 

Give yourself some time to come to terms with the news. Some people tell their family and friends straight away, others wait. Do what is comfortable. But do take time to overcome the initial shock and begin to see how you can move on.

Seek information out at your own pace. Be selective. Reading everything you can find about MS may be upsetting and may of the symptoms will not apply to you. Use trusted websites and recommended books and magazines. 

Your neurologist and MS nurse are a central source of information for you, particularly at this time. Our own staff are also ready to listen and talk when you are ready. You can contact our MS Information Line or get in touch with the Regional Services team in your area. They can meet with you and/or your family or partner to talk through any concerns or questions you have.

Unfortunately, many people have gone through what you are going through now. Find comfort from their experiences and learn about the ways they dealt with their diagnoses and life that materialised afterwards.

Our direct and confidential service is open from 9:30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

0818 233 233


Newly Diagnosed Webinar

In November 2020 MS Ireland held a series of webinars for those newly diagnosed. They covered the topics of being diagnosed, stress management and exercise.


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