Multiple Sclerosis
 

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Multiple Sclerosis can strike and damage different parts of your body, so the symptoms can vary widely from person to person. If you have one or more of the symptoms on this page, it does not mean that you have MS. Most of the symptoms below can be caused by other conditions or diseases. Only a medical professional can diagnose Multiple Sclerosis and prescribe appropriate treatments Latest Treatment options. 



All Symptoms - Early Symptoms

Visual Symptoms


Problems with vision and the eyes are often associated with early onset MS. Early treatment is often the key to limiting the most damaging effects of the disease.

Double vision (diplopia)
Eye Pain (especially during eye movement)
Loss of Vision
Sensation of Flashing Lights Blurred or hazy vision

Movement and Coordination (Motor) Symptoms

MS can damage areas of your brain that control body movements. When this occurs, you may experience one or more of these symptoms:

Problems maintaining balance while walking
Difficulty with precise hand movements (like threading a needle or handwriting)
Unusual grasping failures like dropping keys
Slurred speech
Muscle spasms and cramps
Involuntary movements
Muscle tremor during movement

Sensory

MS attacks the protective sheaths on nerve tissue. The damage to sensory “transmission” lines can alter physical perceptions causing symptoms like any of the following:

Hearing Loss
Spinning sensations
Facial Pain
Tingling
Numbness
“Electrical” pain sensations

Bodily Function

 
Constipation
Urinary retention
Loss of libido (sex drive)
Impotence

General Symptoms

 
Fatigue Depression
Memory problems
Heat induced symptoms (many people with MS experience increased symptoms when exposed to hot environments)

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