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What are the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that causes many signs and symptoms. The reason for this is that MS attacks myelin of the central nervous system, which consists of the brain, brainstem and spinal cord. Because the central nervous system or CNS is broken down into different parts and each part is responsible for different functions, depending on where the MS attacks will determine the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. This disease is causes diverse affects and this is one of the reasons MS is hard to diagnose.


MS affects everyone in different ways. There is no real set of symptoms for everyone who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. However there are many symptoms that are considered to be common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. These MS symptoms include fatigue, depression, memory changes, pain, visual loss, double vision, unsteadiness, dizziness, weakness, shaking, loss of coordination, numbness, tingling, bladder problems, bowel problems and sexual problems. These symptoms are said to be experienced by about 85 percent of all people with Multiple Sclerosis. MS initially begins with attacks of these symptoms and tend to improve or subside over time. In about 15 percent of people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, these symptoms appear but unfortunately do not improve. People who experience MS symptoms which get better with time have what is known as relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis. Secondary progressive MS means that people have relapses but often the symptoms do not all disappear. Primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis means individuals never have relapses or remissions. Instead their symptoms never improve and are a part of everyday life. Many people with primary progressive MS depend on wheelchairs and the help of others to manage day to day activities.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are different in everyone with the disease. The appearance of these symptoms is very unpredictable. The symptoms of MS are so unpredictable that a person with the disease could go to bed at night feeling fine and wake in the morning experiencing symptoms. Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosi