Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis


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General information about symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Furthermore, symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.

List of symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Multiple Sclerosis includes:

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis: 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 symptoms. 1

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. 2

More symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Multiple Sclerosis, underlying causes of Multiple Sclerosis, associated conditions for Multiple Sclerosis, risk factors for Multiple Sclerosis, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Neuromuscular Diseases: NWHIC

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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