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Although chronic pain is very common in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), it’s often underrecognized as an important aspect of the disease that needs attention — and treatment.

“At some point during the course of their condition, most people with MS will have chronic pain and probably live with it in some form or another,” says Anna Kratz, PhD, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor.

Chronic pain in people with MS is varied; people with MS have all different types of chronic pain, whether it’s due to their MS or because of another comorbid illness, says Dr. Kratz.

“Because there are different kinds of pain, we need to be treating according to what kind of pain it is for it to be effective. For a lot of people with multiple sclerosis, the combination of chronic pain and fatigue can really add to a person’s disability in ways that we’re just starting to understand,” Kratz says.


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