The earliest symptoms of multiple sclerosis, MS for short, generally appear when a person is between 20 to 40 years of age. Multiple sclerosis symptoms differ from person to person and no two people have the exact same ones. It is important to keep track of any symptoms because it will help in effective treatment. It is possible that a person can have only one symptom for a long time. However, for some, the symptoms worsen quickly, within weeks. Some symptoms may go away, but they often return, while some of them never go away. The severity of the symptoms also varies significantly. However, one should know that multiple sclerosis can be effectively treated and managed.
Here are the 5 most common multiple sclerosis symptoms:
- Bladder issues: People suffering from multiple sclerosis experience symptoms of bladder trouble. These problems can be treated. For instance, one might feel the need to pee more often, while another might not be able to empty his or her bladder completely, and another might feel the need to urinate more during night time. Some also suffer from bowel issues, like constipation.
- Uncommon sensations: Those who have multiple sclerosis often complain about weird sensations, such as pins and needles, numbness, and different kinds of pains like tearing or stabbing pains. They might also experience burning and itching sensations.
- Tiredness: People who suffer from multiple sclerosis often complain of fatigue. The tiredness sets on in the afternoons. It leads to weak muscles, making it difficult for the person to walk. The fatigue also leads to slower thinking and sleepiness. The tiredness is not related to the amount of work or sleep one does though. It happens despite less work or more sleep.
- Difficulty in walking: This happens due to muscle spasms or muscle weakness, along with issues maintaining balance and fatigue.
- Dizziness: People with MS may suffer from dizziness or light headedness. However, they will not have vertigo.