Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. It can cause a wide range of symptoms depending on where in the brain and spinal cord it affects. Some people experience only one symptom while others may experience many different types of MS-related problems at once. The following are 4 common symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). If you have been diagnosed with MS, or if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please see your doctor to discuss the next steps.
One of the most common symptoms of MS is vision problems. Those diagnosed with MS may experience:
- Blurred or double vision, which can occur at any time and without warning
- Difficulty focusing on objects that are close to you (such as reading a book)
Tingling and Numbness
Another common MS symptom is tingling and numbness.
- This can be experienced in any part of the body, but it usually occurs first in one or both feet or hands. The sensation may feel like pins and needles, burning, or itching.
- Some people diagnosed with MS experience tingling only on their face (including lips and tongue), while others have tingling on their chest, legs, or other parts of the body.
Pains & Spasms
MS is also known to cause a variety of different pains, including:
- Muscle fatigue in the legs or arms after physical activity. This can make it difficult for you to walk up steps or even stand from sitting positions.
Balance Problems & Dizziness
When diagnosed with MS, it is common to experience balance problems and dizziness. Symptoms may include:
- Feeling lightheaded or faint when you stand up quickly
- Loss of balance that makes walking difficult
Symptoms such as these should be reported to your doctor so they may prescribe medications for treatment. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please get in touch with the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta to discuss the next steps.