SYMPTOMS OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
MS symptoms are unpredictable and erratic at times. They range from mild to severe, have variable duration and combinations depending on the area(s) involved. Often after a disease relapse (also called attack, flare or exacerbation), there is a period
of stability called remission. This type is called relapsing remitting MS.
Understanding the Hidden Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
MS patients often present with one or more of these symptoms:
- impaired or loss of vision, associated with eye pain due to optic neuritis
- difficulty walking due to weakness or imbalance
- paresthesia (numbness, tingling or “pins and needles”) and loss of sensation
Other possible symptoms that occur throughout the disease course may include:
- difficulty with coordination, balance, walking and standing
- partial or complete paralysis
- muscle spasticity
- bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction
Many people with MS may experience mood and anxiety disorder and cognitive impairment (poor attention and concentration, impaired memory or poor judgment).