Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease you’ve probably heard about at one point in your life whether you know someone who battles MS, or you’ve heard of a celebrity or character that has the disease. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society states that 2.3 million in the world have a form of Multiple Sclerosis. Although the MS Society and advocates around the world have had great strides towards awareness, many people don’t know the early signs of MS. Although there is no cure for the disease, early detection can make treatment much more effective. No two people with Multiple Sclerosis will have identical symptoms, but there are some general symptoms to look out for that most, if not all, MS patients have experienced at least once. Keep reading to learn more about a few of these common symptoms so you can be ready to detect the disease early.
Vision problems, also known as optic neuritis, are often one of the first symptoms that MS patients will experience. Symptoms include blurred vision, pain in the eye/eyes when moving them, or grayed vision. This can occur at any time, but most often shows up upon first waking.
Numbness in the Body
Along with optic neuritis, numbness and tingling in the body is another first symptom for many MS patients. It can occur anywhere in the body, but commonly affects the arms, fingers, legs, and face. Many patients describe it like “pins and needles.”
Although many health conditions and vitamin deficiencies can cause fatigue, MS fatigue is much more severe. Close to 80% of MS patients suffer from this symptom. It can hit you out of nowhere and make it almost impossible to keep your eyes open. MS fatigue differs from being tired. It can greatly affect your ability to perform at home or at work.
Along with the three early MS symptoms mentioned above, some others to look out for include dizziness or vertigo, issues walking, extreme pain, and bladder issues. These are just a sample of what someone with Multiple Sclerosis goes through on a daily basis. Treatment depends on how much the disease has progressed, so it’s important to see your doctor at the first sign of MS to rule it and other autoimmune conditions out.