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Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis attack include:

  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes, double vision, and eye pain
  • Weakness, numbness, tingling feeling, pain, or stiffness in hands, feet, arms, or legs
  • Muscle cramps
  • Clumsiness, problems with balance and/or walking
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Cognitive problems
  • Bowel and bladder problems
  • Tiredness, insomnia, sleepwalking, nightmares, and sleep apnea
  • Trouble speaking and/or swallowing
  • Sexual problems such as impotence

The most common sign of Multiple Sclerosis is that attacks of these symptoms come and go away (this pattern is called relapsing-remitting). Cognitive problems typically include having a hard time paying attention, taking more time to think of the right words to use or complete a task, having a hard time organizing or following directions, and depression.  Dementia and significant memory loss is rare. Many people also notice that these symptoms are worse when they are hot (when they have a fever, after taking a hot bath or shower, if it is a warm day outside).

Additional resources that provide more information on the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis:

What are the Symptoms of MS (Multiple Sclerosis Association of America)

What are the Symptoms? (DrugDigest)

Multiple Sclerosis – Symptoms (University of Maryland Medical Center)

Multiple Sclerosis – Symptoms (FamilyDoctor.org)