MS; Demyelinating disease
Symptoms vary, because the location and severity of each attack can be different. Episodes can last for days, weeks, or months. These episodes alternate with periods of reduced or no symptoms (remissions).
Fever, hot baths, sun exposure, and stress can trigger or worsen attacks.
It is common for the disease to return (relapse). However, the disease may continue to get worse without periods of remission.
Because nerves in any part of the brain or spinal cord may be damaged, patients with multiple sclerosis can have symptoms in many parts of the body.
- Loss of balance
Numbnessor abnormal sensation in any area
- Problems moving arms or legs
- Problems walking
- Problems with
coordinationand making small movements
Tremorin one or more arms or legs
Weaknessin one or more arms or legs
Bowel and bladder symptoms:
Constipationand stool leakage
- Difficulty beginning to urinate
Frequent need to urinate
- Strong urge to urinate
- Urine leakage (
Double vision Eye discomfort Uncontrollable rapid eye movements
Vision loss(usually affects one eye at a time)
Numbness, tingling, or pain
- Tingling, crawling, or burning feeling in the arms and legs
Other brain and nerve symptoms:
Review Date: 08/05/2010
Reviewed By: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. Previously reviewed by Daniel B. Hoch, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital.