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
- Feelings of hot or cold
- Pins and needles
- Sensations resembling electric shocks
- 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.
For more information on course and prognosis, as well as sources, please see the MS Encyclopedia. For personal experiences of the symptoms of MS, see our blogs and Stories of Hope website sections.