Symptoms of MS

Multiple sclerosis can lead to a wide range of symptoms, although it is rare for any two people with MS to experience the same symptoms.

Multiple sclerosis can cause a wide variety of different symptoms. They may even mimic other diseases, because:

  • Different parts of the brain control different neurological functions
  • The spinal cord transmits impulses to and from the brain in a variety of ways
  • As MS lesions can affect different parts of the brain and spinal cord, symptoms vary markedly from person to person

The most common symptom of MS is profound fatigue, but others may include:

  • Diminished vision
  • Pain
  • Feelings of hot or cold
  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness
  • Sensations resembling electric shocks
  • Depression
  • Heightened sensation
  • Weakness/tremors/dragging leg
  • Speech disorders
  • Loss of balance/falling
  • Altered hearing/taste

There is no real difference between MS symptoms in women and men. Also, two people with MS rarely have the same symptoms. Many people experience a variety of symptoms before a firm diagnosis is made. If you believe your symptoms may indicate MS, consult a doctor.

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