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Being told you have MS can bring about a myriad of emotions. Fear. Anger. Grief. Despair.

And the many myths and misunderstandings about MS don’t help.

But if you think your MS diagnosis will prevent you from having a meaningful future, we’re here to tell you: that’s not true.

While there’s no cure yet, you can reduce the impact and symptoms of MS with a wide range of treatments and services.

At MS Plus, we provide support, information and resources to help you live well with MS. We can help you learn how to manage the symptoms and be a part of a community committed to making things easier. One day at a time.


You and your family will likely have many questions about MS: How it may affect your lifestyle. How it can be treated. And how you can get the support you need right now.

We’re here to help you with these questions – and more.

What you need to know

People living with MS can experience a range of symptoms that may change day-to-day. There will be good and bad days, but it’s important to know:

  • Although MS is a lifelong condition, it is not a terminal one.
  • Not everyone will acquire a disability.
  • There are effective treatments and strategies to keep your brain and spine healthy.
  • You’re not alone. We’re here to help you from diagnosis onwards.
  • You can make positive lifestyle choices to keep your brain as healthy as possible.

You can play a key role in making decisions about your treatment and support needs. And take control of your own health and wellbeing.

By treating and managing your symptoms, you can still actively participate in your community and workplace.

Read more about common symptoms and how to manage them.

MS and family

You may have many questions about the impact of pregnancy. If you’re considering parenthood, you may be wondering if you could still get pregnant. The answer is yes, you can.

People with MS generally don’t need special care during pregnancy and childbirth. And there’s no evidence that people with MS face higher risk of complications during pregnancy.

There may be some challenges to being pregnant and having MS, especially around the MS treatments. But with the right healthcare team, resources and support, you can safely grow your family.

What treatments are available for MS?

Disease Modifying Therapies (DMTs)

The key goal in managing MS is to keep your brain and spine healthy through reducing damage, minimising relapses, restoring function and reducing the impact of symptoms on your day-to-day life.

One way to achieve brain health is through disease modifying medications or treatments.

Many therapies are available in Australia – and your neurologist and MS nurse can help you decide what’s right for you.
It’s also important to know as much as you can about your treatment options, so you can make an informed decision with your neurologist.

Other brain health strategies

You can keep your brain healthy by making positive lifestyle changes. These include:

  • Monitoring your MS symptoms and treatment outcomes.
  • Actively being involved in decision-making about your treatment.
  • Keeping your brain and body active.
  • Eating well and keeping your weight under control.
  • Stopping smoking.
  • Reducing your alcohol intake.
  • Managing your stress levels.

More information

How is MS diagnosed

How is MS diagnosed?

While research continues into the causes of multiple sclerosis (MS), health professionals have a range of tests to achieve an accurate diagnosis.

Early signs of MS

Early signs of MS

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) can experience a wide range of physical symptoms, from visual disturbances and heat sensitivity through to changes in sensation. Knowing what symptoms to look for can help you find answers and gain more control over your diagnosis.

This page has been reviewed and approved by Executive Manager Client Engagement and Wellbeing Jodi Haartsen. Jodi is a registered MS Nurse who has helped thousands of patients over her 20 years’ experience at Eastern Health MS service in Australia, in several roles including nurse educator, research nurse and nurse practitioner. Jodi is the 2022 winner of the global MS Brain Health Leader Award in the Independent Healthcare Professionals category.

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