MS symptoms

The changes MS causes can lead to different symptoms

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects everyone in a different way, and no two people with MS will have the exact same symptoms. These symptoms are also likely to change over time. While some symptoms may be visible to the people around you, you may feel symptoms that others can’t see, also known as “hidden” symptoms.

Some of the most common symptoms reported by people with MS include:

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Fatigue: Tiredness or lack of energy that can affect your ability to function at home or work.

Emotional changes: The effects of MS, or even the stress of living with it, can lead to emotional changes including depression, mood swings, or irritability.

Difficulty thinking: How you learn and process new information or keep your focus can be affected by MS.

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Numbness/tingling: A loss of feeling or tingling sensation in your face, body, or extremities (arms and legs).

Dizziness and vertigo: Dizziness can feel like you are off-balance or lightheaded. Vertigo can make it feel like your surroundings are spinning.

Vision problems: Blurred vision or visual disturbances are often one of the first signs of MS that a person experiences.

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Fatigue: People with MS have also described fatigue as “physical difficulties” that can affect your ability to function at home or work.

Weakness: Unused muscles or nerve damage can make you feel weaker than usual.

Sexual problems: The body’s sexual response can be affected by damage from MS.

Difficulty walking/gait issues: Muscle tightness, numbness, weakness, and balance problems, among other things, may make it harder to walk straight and keep your balance.

Bladder and/or bowel problems: Bladder dysfunction and symptoms like constipation or loss of control of bowels often accompany MS.

It's important to talk to your healthcare professional about all of your symptoms, even those that are hidden, and how they impact your life. This will help them understand your experience and guide disease management decisions.

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