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Spotlight: Pain Awareness

Pain: An Invisible Symptom

In our 2017 MS In America Survey, over half of the community said they experience pain and that it has a significant impact on their daily lives. September is known as Pain Awareness Month, so we want to bring awareness to the invisible symptom that so many are living and coping with.

Most of all though we want to hear from YOU! Vote in a poll and find out more ways you can participate in Pain Awareness Month below.

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Has anyone told you pain is not a symptom of MS?

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Do friends and family understand the pain you experience due to MS?

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How often do you experience pain?


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Were you misdiagnosed with something else before receiving a MS diagnosis?