Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Symptoms may range from mild to severe. Symptoms depend on what nerve tissue has been affected. You may experience symptoms that improve and then come back later (sometimes called exacerbations).
Central Nervous System
Symptoms of MS include:
- Numbness or tingling in the legs, arms, face, or extremities
Impaired vision in one or both eyes, including:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Loss of vision
- Changes in color perception
- Pain around the affected eye / pain with eye movement
- Muscle stiffness and spasms
- Muscle weakness
- Poor coordination or falling
- Trouble walking or maintaining balance
- Paralysis in one or more limbs
Bladder problems including:
- Incomplete emptying
Bowel problems, including
constipationor, less commonly, incontinence
- Sexual dysfunction
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty swallowing
- Forgetfulness, memory loss, or confusion
- Trouble concentrating or solving problems
- Other psychiatric disorders
- Euphoria or inappropriate emotional responses
Factors that may trigger or worsen symptoms include:
Internal or external heat, including:
- Hot weather
- Hot baths or showers
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/ .
National Multiple Sclerosis Society website. Available at: http://nationalmssociety.org/ .
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