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What Are Some Common MS Signs?

Early Symptoms
The initial MS symptoms are often blurred or double vision, red-green color distortion, or even blindness in one eye. For some unexplained reason, visual problems tend to clear up in the later stages of MS.
Fifty-five percent of MS patients will have an attack of optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve that causes visual problems) at some time or another, and it will be the first symptom of MS in approximately 15 percent. For this reason, optic neuritis is now generally accepted as an early symptom of MS, especially if tests also reveal abnormalities in the patient's spinal fluid.
Weakness and Lack of Coordination
Most MS patients experience muscle weakness in their extremities (arms and legs) and difficulty with coordination and balance at some point during the course of the disease. These symptoms may be severe enough to impair walking or even standing. In the worst cases, MS can produce partial or complete paralysis.
Spasticity and Fatigue
Spasticity is the involuntary increased tone of muscles leading to stiffness and spasms. Fatigue may be triggered by physical exertion that improves with rest, or it may take the form of a constant and persistent tiredness.
Impaired Sensitivity to Pain, Temperature, and Touch
Most people with MS symptoms also experience paresthesias, brief, abnormal sensory feelings such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles" sensations. Some may also experience pain, but this is uncommon. Loss of sensation sometimes occurs as well.
Other common MS symptoms include speech impediments, tremors, and dizziness. Occasionally, people with MS symptoms have hearing loss as well.
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