I already have a post about multiple sclerosis symptoms on this blog. But, it is a personal account of my own symptoms. And, is therefore somewhat anecdotal. So, I thought it might be more useful to have a more concise and formal page on the subject.
Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
First of all, Multiple Sclerosis can have many different symptoms. The severity of any symptom can vary from one person to another.
However, having one of these symptoms is not enough to form a diagnosis of MS. If you suspect that you may have this disease you must speak to your medical practitioner.
Since receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can be a traumatic and stressful event. You should not panic. There is life after MS.
And better understanding of this condition is leading to improved treatment options.
Furthermore, with the right lifestyle changes you may never experience any of these symptoms.
Finally, I must thank Paul Jones for his “All about Multiple Sclerosis” site which is a gold-mine of information on the subject.
Paul Jones is in the process of forming The Multiple Sclerosis Information Trust.
I did not always know the correct terminology or the correct medical name for some of these symptoms. So, I had to make frequent reference to the “all about Multiple Sclerosis” information.
The Imprecise List
- Ataxia, lack of coordination
- Brain Fog, loss of mental acuity
- Optic Neuritis, Blurred Vision
- Diplopia, Double Vision
- Movement & Sound Phosphenes, Flashing Lights
- Paresis, Muscle Weakness
- Spasticity, Involuntary muscle contractions
- Dysarthria, Slurred Speech
- Dysphasia, Aphasia, Impairment of Communication (see Dysarthria)
- Dysphagia, Difficulty Swallowing
- Muscle Atrophy, Muscle wastage
- Myoclonus, Myokymia, Twitching muscles
- Fasciculation, Muscle Twitching
- Equinovarus Spasticity – Footdrop, Foot drags when walking
- Paresthesia, Numbness and tingling
- Frequent Micturition, Bladder Spasticity, Urinary Urgency
- Erectile Dysfunction A problem few men will admit.
- Anorgasmy, Inability to achieve orgasm
- Retrograde Ejaculation, Ejaculating into the bladder
- Constipation, Difficulty with bowel movements
- Fecal Urgency, Bowel urgency
- Uhthoff’s Symptom, Increase in symptom severity with heat
- Romberg’s Sign, Falling when eyes closed
- Gastroesophagael Reflux, Heartburn or Acid Indigestion
- Impaired Taste or Smell, Loss or distorted taste or smell senses
- Sleeping Disorders, Problems regulating body temperature
- Lhermitte’s Sign, An electrical sensation running down the spine
- Hoffman’s Sign, muscular response to tapping fingernails
- Holmes’ Sign, Slow reaction to suddenly removed resistance
- Vertigo, Dizziness
- Concentration Lapses, Difficulty with problem solving (see Brain Fog)
- Trigeminal Neuralgia, Also called Tic Douloureux, Intense pain to areas of the face
- Temperature Sense Reversal, Hot feels cold and cold feels hot
This list of multiple sclerosis symptoms is not exhaustive, they are merely conditions I can relate to, and many of them I have experienced first-hand. See my:
page for a more detailed discussion on each of the above MS manifestations.
I must reiterate that having one or more of these symptoms does constitute a diagnosis of MS. You must consult a clinical specialist if you suspect that you might have this condition.
Rounding up this Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Journey
My original diagnosis had been that my MRI showed lesions. The lumbar puncture had protein present but my neurologist only said “Yes, you might have MS, but it is too early to be certain”.
It has also been my experience that you must have more that one period of relapse. In my case, it was 5 years before my second serious relapse and my neurologist at the time stated “Of course it is MS”.
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994. Before this diagnosis was made, I will have had many years where the MS went undetected.
In fact, it is possible that I was born with MS. Or at least born with the predisposition to develop multiple sclerosis.
However, this is all conjecture and probably not relevant to this blog post.
I note, and I will have to perform some further testing, but the Yoast SEO guidelines for the minimum length of a blog post.
It would appear that the 300 word count minimum has now increased to 900 words.