Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Symptoms of MS:

MS-related nervous system damage
Myelin damage and the nervous system
Multiple sclerosis signs and symptoms may differ greatly from person to person and over the course of the disease depending on the location of affected nerve fibers. They may include:
– Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs that typically occurs on one side of your body at a time, or the legs and trunk.
– Partial or complete loss of vision, usually in one eye at a time, often with pain during eye movement
– Prolonged double vision.
– Tingling or pain in parts of your body.
– Electric-shock sensations that occur with certain neck movements, especially bending the neck forward (Lhermitte sign).
– Tremor, lack of coordination or unsteady gait.
– Slurred speech.
– Fatigue.
– Dizziness.
– Problems with bowel and bladder function.
When to see a doctor: See a doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms for unknown reasons.

Complications | People with multiple sclerosis also may develop:
– Muscle stiffness or spasms.
– Paralysis, typically in the legs.
– Problems with bladder, bowel or sexual function.
– Mental changes, such as forgetfulness or mood swings.
– Depression.
– Epilepsy.

Content courtesy the Mayo Clinic website.

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