10 Symptoms That Could Be MS
HealthCentral Editorial Team Apr 4, 2013 (updated Nov 13, 2013)
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Tingling in the fingers
This could happen to anyone, but if it becomes a recurring problem or appears to be persistent, you may want to consult a doctor. It might not be MS – it could be a muscle problem, an unrelated nerve issue or something else – but it is worth getting checked out nonetheless!
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Optic neuritis and eye problems
Optic neuritis is the inflammation of the nerves in the eye. This condition is estimated to affect over 50% of MS patients and is the first symptom in 15%. It can manifest itself in double vision, pain in the eye, unclear vision or a "shimmering" effect.
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Fatigue alone affects many people with a variety of conditions, MS among them. In the early stages of MS, around 20% of patients report fatigue.
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Strange feelings in the arms or legs
Weakness, fatigue or clumsiness are not uncommon in the limbs for someone who is yet to be diagnosed. Tingling or loss of sensation could also occur, and it is most common in the legs.
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Are you having difficulty doing seemingly simple tasks due to muscle weakness? This could be a sign that nerve signals may not be delivering properly within the brain; you should consult your doctor.
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In many cases of MS, strange gait when walking or a lack of balance could be the initial sign that something is wrong. Patients may have difficult walking straight, may lose balance easily and coordination may be effected.
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This is an electrical sensation that runs down the spine and into the legs. It often comes out when the neck is bent forward and could be indicative of MS.
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Spasticity is the inability to control muscles, and it leads to difficulty with spasms and stiffness. This is very common among MS patients.
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Disturbances in the bladder or bowel are not uncommon for MS patients. If this becomes an issue, it may be wise to consult a doctor regarding this symptom.
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There are a number of other symptoms that could indicate MS, including dizziness, tremors, facial pain, muscle spasms, speech difficult and difficulty swallowing.