Symptoms an individual may experience with Multiple Sclerosis vary significantly.  It is said, “Everyone’s MS is different” due to which areas of the Central Nervous System are impacted and the extent of damage incurred.  Diagnosis of MS is considerably more refined now than it was in years past but it can still be elusive due to the extremely broad range of visible symptoms as well as those not quite so apparent.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis:

Symptoms may be visible such as muscle spasticity (spasms), walking, tremors, nystagmus (eye control) or what are called silent.  Silent MS  impacts areas of the brain and / or  spinal cord but does not exhibit visible manifestations of the damage resulting from an attack.  A person who is known to have MS, for example, will almost certainly have silent MS symptoms and may not even  realize an exacerbation even happened.  Issues such as vision, cognition, memory recall are examples of silent MS symptoms.

Common symptoms of MS include:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Walking difficulties
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling and numbness
  • Itching
  • Headaches
  • Spastic Problems
  • Bladder Problem
  • Bowel Problems
  • Vision Problems
  • Pain
  • Vertigo
  • Emotional changes
  • Depression
  • Sexual problems
  • Tremors
  • Cognitive and memory issues

Less common symptoms Include:

  • Speech impediments
  • Seizures
  • Breathing problems
  • Hearing problems

MS Symptoms GraphInitial symptoms of MS vary. Blurred or double vision, red-green color distortion, or even blindness in one eye are initial indicators. Most MS patients experience muscle weakness in their extremities and difficulty with coordination and balance. Severe feelings of being fatigued and tired. Most people with MS also exhibit called Paresthesias, transitory abnormal sensory feelings such as numbness, prickling, or “pins and needles” sensations. Many individuals experience pain, depression.

Approximately half of all people diagnosed with MS experience cognitive impairments such as difficulties with concentration, attention, memory, and poor judgment, but such symptoms are usually mild and are frequently overlooked.

In the worst cases, MS can produce partial or complete paralysis.