Tracking and monitoring your MS

MS is a chronic disease that requires ongoing treatment and monitoring. That’s why it is important to work together with your MS Care Team.

In addition to your neurologic exam, your care team may perform tests to monitor your MS, and there are steps you can take to help keep track of your MS. Talk to your care team about these tests and how often you may need to have them performed.

Tests and tools

Healthcare providers use special tests and tools to find out if your MS is changing over time, and if so, by how much.

MRI scans are one of the most important tools used to track MS. These scans can help your care team see if new lesions are forming, or if existing ones are getting larger.

There are different types of MRI scans:

  • T1-weighted scans
    Show inflammation in the brain (a sign of new or enlarging lesions) and the difference between active and inactive lesions
  • T2-weighted scans
    Show overall damage caused by lesions in the brain
  • FLAIR images
    Identify lesions more specifically related to MS
  • Spinal cord imaging
    Identify damage to certain parts of the central nervous system.

Understanding the differences in your MRI scans over time can help you and your doctor make decisions about your MS treatment.

Clinical tests may include:

  • Timed 25-Foot Walk (T25-FW) Test
    This test measures your walking ability by having you walk 25 feet. This walk is performed twice to calculate the average.
  • 9-Hole Peg Test (9-HPT)
    This test records the time it takes for you to place and then remove 9 pegs from a board. It is useful for keeping track of your motor skills
  • Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS)
    This measurement includes a series of tests, often used in clinical trials, which can be used to assess changes in cognitive abilities, walking ability, bowel and bladder function, vision, and other senses

You also play a role in evaluating your MS. Each of the tools mentioned above can help you and your doctor evaluate your MS, but it is important for you to tell your doctor about any changes in your health or day-to-day functioning. This includes symptoms that may not be visible or noticeable to others, such as fatigue and cognitive function.

Find information to help you discuss OCREVUS with your healthcare provider. Here is a list of questions you can download to help start a conversation. Bring them with you to your next appointment. 

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