Symptoms of MS
MS symptoms most frequently appear between the ages of 20 and 40. Some early symptoms of the condition include blurry vision, muscle weakness, or numbness and tingling. There are several other signs and symptoms of MS, such as tremors, that may or may not appear. This depends on which areas of the central nervous system are affected by the disease.
An Overview of MS Symptoms
The symptoms of MS (multiple sclerosis) and how severe they are vary from person to person. Each person's symptoms depend on how much myelin (the covering of the nerves) has been lost and what parts of the central nervous system are affected.
Early Symptoms of MS
In the early stages of the disease, people can often experience the following symptoms:
- Muscle weakness
- Tingling or numbness
- Loss of balance
- Blurred or double vision
- Eye pain.
Other MS Symptoms
As the disease progresses, other symptoms may appear, such as:
- Muscle stiffness
- Heat sensitivity
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Sexual problems.
MS symptoms generally appear between the ages of 20 and 40. It's important to know that MS can begin so mildly that a person doesn't even notice any symptoms until the disease has progressed significantly. Also, the symptoms of MS vary from person to person and can change over time.
Additional Information on Symptoms of MS
The following sections contain additional information regarding some of the more common symptoms of the disease.
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.