Welcome to ExpressMS

Welcome to ExpressMS. Together we can speak MS.

Struggling to say how you feel?
Try the ExpressMS phrase generator today.

In partnership with people living with MS, Janssen has created ExpressMS to support you in your daily life.

You may be someone living with multiple sclerosis (MS) or a family member, friend or loved one of someone that is. Welcome to the page, we hope you find it useful.

ExpressMS aims to help you share the extent of your invisible MS symptoms, which might not be immediately visible to others (e.g., brain fog, pain and itching, fatigue, emotional changes and skin tingling).
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These symptoms can have an enormous impact on you,
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and their invisible nature can also make them difficult to talk about. Other people don’t always recognise or understand the challenging reality of living with your symptoms.
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ExpressMS can help support you by providing you with new descriptive phrases and expressions to start a conversation about how you are truly feeling, and encouraging more meaningful discussions with friends, family, colleagues, and doctors about the invisible symptoms of MS.

Greater understanding starts with a conversation.

Download the ExpressMS app to help support your daily conversations

ExpressMS is also available as a keyboard to download on iOS and Android mobile devices for users in Germany, Austria and Italy, and more European countries to come.

How does the ExpressMS app work?

Follow these simple steps:

1- Start typing
2- Find your phrase
3- Click to select

Share ExpressMS

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Together we can speak MS. If you know someone living with MS or a friend/family member who might find this interesting, share the app or a link to this page with them and see how it could help.

What are invisible MS symptoms?

You can experience a wide variety of symptoms because of MS

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– some will be visible to those around you, but an invisible symptom refers specifically to one that’s affecting you but can’t be visibly seen, for example:

• Fatigue

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• Emotional changes
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• Problems with cognition
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• Skin tingling
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• Itching and pain
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These symptoms can have an enormous impact on you
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, but their invisible nature can make them difficult to talk about, and other people don’t always recognise or understand the challenges or reality of living with them.
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More about ExpressMS

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We have launched the ExpressMS initiative because we believe that understanding starts with a conversation. Not only can invisible MS symptoms be difficult for you to talk about and for others to recognise,

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but all too often the words used to describe them are overused by wider society.

For example, saying we are ‘exhausted’ at the end of a long week when we are only tired, or ‘overwhelmed’ when we are having a difficult day; this can devalue their true meaning and create a barrier to wider appreciation and understanding.

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ExpressMS aims to encourage greater awareness and understanding, leading to deeper conversations and better support for your invisible MS symptoms.

References

National Multiple Sclerosis Society. MS symptoms. Available at: https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Symptoms-Diagnosis/MS-Symptoms. Last accessed: April 2022.
Multiple Sclerosis Society. Depression. Available at: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/about-ms/signs-and-symptoms/mental-health/depression. Last accessed: April 2022.
Janssen Data on File. RF-139281.
Multiple Sclerosis Society. MS symptoms and signs. Available at: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/about-ms/signs-and-symptoms. Last accessed: April 2022.
Braley TJ, Chervin RD. Fatigue in multiple sclerosis: mechanisms, evaluation, and treatment. Sleep. 2010;33:1061-1067.
NHS. Multiple sclerosis: symptoms. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/multiple-sclerosis/symptoms/. Last accessed: April 2022.
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