Last reply 2 months ago
Relapse/flare up?

Hi all
Still fairly new to all of this (diagnosed officially 9 months ago, no DMTs yet)
My MS nurse told me to contact them and report any new symptoms so that can build up a picture and il be called for another mri 12 months after my initial one (so that should be in about 2 months time)
But im a little confused with terminology.
Iv been told to report ‘relapses’ but iv also heard this term of ‘flare ups’
How do i know if its a relapse or just a flare up of old symptoms or is that the same thing?

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2 months ago

My ms nusrses keep saying a relapse is any new symptom not exacerbation of an old one.
I’ve read a relapse can be worsening of an old symptom too.

I like you am struggling to know what is a true relapse to report 🙃

2 months ago

@beckie I have the understanding that a flare up involves previous symptoms whereas a relapse involves new symptoms.

2 months ago

@becky and @wobbleone
Under your post there is a box marked relapse there is a description of how it’s perceived there.
From my understanding of it a flare and a relapse could be one in the same.
I’m spms so I’ve had them I guess but never really noticed, put It down to other things well the doctors did anyway.
Hope that helps a bit

2 months ago

so that’s what those boxes are 🙄 makes it very simple to get info … thank you.

2 months ago

To be honest it took me about the same time as you to work that out as well😂

2 months ago

You may find the following useful when identifying relapses :-

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