May 26, 2016

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

What are multiple sclerosis symptoms and signs?

Multiple sclerosis symptoms are dependent on the area of demyelination. Symptoms and signs of multiple sclerosis include:

  • Visual changes, including loss of vision if the optic nerve has been affected
  • Double vision
  • A sensation or feeling of numbness, tingling, or weakness. The weakness may be  mild or severe enough to cause paralysis of one side of the body
  • Vertigo (a sense of spinning) or dizziness
  • Lack of coordination of the arms or legs, problems with balance, problems walking, and falling
  • Slurred speech
  • A sense of an electricl charge traveling down the spine with neck flexion (Lhermitte sign)
  • In some cases, individuals may develop incontinence or even an inability to empty their bladder.
  • As multiple sclerosis progresses, some affected individuals are left with muscle spasticity, or an involuntary painful contraction of certain muscles. Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 3/23/2016