Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis: Introduction
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis are the result of the development of inflammation, swelling, and lesions on the myelin, a fatty material that covers and insulates the nerve cells in the central nervous system. This leads to abnormal transmission of electrical impulses through the central nervous system and difficulties with motor skills, mentation, and/or sensation.
Symptoms generally first appear between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Symptoms are unpredictable and vary in intensity and duration between individuals.
Symptoms in the early stages of multiple sclerosis are often mild and/or vague. Early symptoms may include dizziness, fatigue, and visual changes, such as blurred vision, double vision, and color distortions. Symptoms can come and go, and there can be periods of remission, in which symptoms disappear and periods of relapse, in which symptoms reappear.
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis may intensify during relapses. Other symptoms that can develop when the disease progresses include muscle weakness, incoordination, balance problems, fatigue, trembling, muscle spasms, slurred speech, abnormal sensations in the extremities, and difficulties with concentration, judgement, and memory.
As the disease progress, significant nerve damage can happen, resulting in such complications as muscle spasms, seizures, cognitive impairment, paralysis, loss of bowel/bladder control, sexual dysfunction, depression, and permanent disability....more about Multiple Sclerosis »
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources
for Multiple Sclerosis includes the 53
symptoms listed below:
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Wrongly Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis?
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Other Possible Causes of these Symptoms
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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis:
NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)
Symptoms of MS may be mild or
severe and of long duration or short and appear in various combinations.
The initial symptom of MS is often blurred or double vision, red-green
color distortion, or even blindness in one eye. Most MS patients
experience muscle weakness in their extremities and difficulty with
coordination and balance. Most people with MS also exhibit paresthesias,
transitory abnormal sensory feeling such as numbness or "pins and
needles." Some may experience pain or loss of feeling. About half of
people with MS experience cognitive impairments such as difficulties with
concentration, attention, memory, and judgment. Such impairments are
usually mild, rarely disabling, and intellectual and language abilities
are generally spared. Heat may cause temporary worsening of many MS
(Source: excerpt from NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page: NINDS)
Neuromuscular Diseases: NWHIC (Excerpt)
Numbness, weakness, tingling or paralysis in one or more limbs,
impaired vision and eye pain, tremor, lack of coordination or
unsteady gait, and rapid involuntary eye movement. A history of at
least two episodes of a cluster of symptoms is necessary for a
diagnosis of MS. Because MS affects the central nervous system,
symptoms may be misdiagnosed as mental illness.
(Source: excerpt from Neuromuscular Diseases: NWHIC)
Multiple Sclerosis as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions
When considering symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, it is also important to consider Multiple Sclerosis as a possible cause of other medical conditions.
The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Multiple Sclerosis may cause:
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About signs and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis:
The symptom information on this page
attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.
This signs and symptoms information for Multiple Sclerosis has been gathered from various sources,
may not be fully accurate,
and may not be the full list of Multiple Sclerosis signs or Multiple Sclerosis symptoms.
Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis may vary on an individual basis for each patient.
Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they
are indeed Multiple Sclerosis symptoms.