Multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms can include:

  • weakness, numbness, and tingling (in the arms, legs, or other body areas)
  • extreme fatigue
  • muscle spasticity
  • shaking and loss of coordination
  • poor balance and unsteadiness, which can cause a staggering gait
  • difficulty speaking
  • difficulty swallowing and dry mouth
  • hormonal changes in premenopausal women
  • mood changes
  • depression
  • pain
  • troubles with memory, concentration, thinking, or solving problems
  • vision changes or vision loss
  • vertigo and dizziness
  • bladder problems
  • bowel problems
  • sexual problems

Every MS patient experiences their disease differently. Some people may have more severe symptoms than others, and symptoms will vary from person to person. Not everyone with MS will have all of these symptoms. MS can progress over time to cause disability.

How can you take control?

Read the article "Balancing work and family demands with MS" to learn what you can do to cope with MS while also managing your work and family life.