The earliest symptoms of multiple sclerosis, referred to as 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 individuals have the 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, sometimes, years. For some, the symptoms worsen quickly, within weeks. Some symptoms may go away, but they return. Some of them never go away. They just linger.
The severity of the symptoms also varies significantly. Some have the mildest of the symptoms for years together without seemingly suffering intensely from them. Multiple sclerosis can be treated and managed so one does not have to worry that it will take over one’s life. Some of the more common multiple sclerosis symptoms are listed below!
- Bladder issues: Every eight people in 10 who have multiple sclerosis have symptoms of bladder trouble. These problems can be treated. For instance, one might feel the need to pee more often, another might not be able to empty his or her bladder completely, and still, another might feel the need to urinate more at night. 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: Again, every eight people in 10 who have multiple sclerosis complain of fatigue. The fatigue 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. But they will not have vertigo.