Multiple Sclerosis
 

Early Symptoms

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The symptoms, intensity and duration of an initial MS attack can vary dramatically.  Most commonly, the first attack will occur between the ages of 20 and 40 and last three to ten weeks.  The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates that there are 200 new cases diagnosed every week.  Because the initial symptoms of MS are so similar to problems causes by other conditions or ailments, initial diagnosis is difficult and the presence of these symptoms should not be regarded as confirmation of the disease.  Schedule an examination by a physician if you are experience any of these symptoms.  


Early Symptoms - All Symptoms   

 
Sensation

Numbness
Tingling
Burning sensations
Sensation abnormalities in the arms and legs
“Electrical” sensation in the back and legs in response to bending the neck forward

Optical

Eye Pain
Vision abnormalities

Coordination

Balance or walking difficulties
Clumsiness in arms or hands
Muscular Stiffness
Spasms
Pain

Other

Fatigue
Constipation 



 

References:  www.ninds.nih.gov -- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
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