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Can a high fever for several days with no other symptoms be an MS exacerbation?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Fever and MS

MS should not cause a fever.
Often, MS will feel worse with a high temperature, either in the weather, or when you have a fever. In fact, a simple infection can make MS symptoms feel much worse. If you had a fever and fatigue, or if your old MS symptoms came back, the fever was probably the cause, but the MS probably did not cause the fever. You should not consider this to be a relapse of MS.

In brief: Fever and MS

MS should not cause a fever.
Often, MS will feel worse with a high temperature, either in the weather, or when you have a fever. In fact, a simple infection can make MS symptoms feel much worse. If you had a fever and fatigue, or if your old MS symptoms came back, the fever was probably the cause, but the MS probably did not cause the fever. You should not consider this to be a relapse of MS.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Dr. Olav Jaren
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Any autoimmune disease including MS can present like this.
See your doctor.

In brief: Yes

Any autoimmune disease including MS can present like this.
See your doctor.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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In brief: Not MS causation

Yes, MS patients do have susceptibility for infections, but relapses do not cause temperature elevation, and your high fever does need medical attention.
Furthermore, elevated temps can promote MS pseudo relapses, and viral infections can trigger true relapses.

In brief: Not MS causation

Yes, MS patients do have susceptibility for infections, but relapses do not cause temperature elevation, and your high fever does need medical attention.
Furthermore, elevated temps can promote MS pseudo relapses, and viral infections can trigger true relapses.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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