7 symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) you should know!

Did you know blurred vision or loss of vision could be a sign of MS?

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MS Symptoms

The symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) usually appear at the age of 20s and 30s, especially in women (as women as more prone than men). In some cases, the symptoms might get better with time, but in others, it might come back. No two people with MS show the same symptoms. Dr Sudhir Kumar, senior consultant neurologist, Institute of Neurosciences, Hyderabad lists common symptoms of MS.

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Vision-loss

Loss of vision: If the antibodies have affected the optic nerve, you might suffer from loss of vision either in one eye or both the eyes. Hence, if you experience blurred or double vision, do not ignore but consult a doctor.

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Numbness

Numbness: One of the common symptoms of MS is numbness and tingling sensations in the legs and arms. This is because the nerve fibres of the brain are damaged leading to loss of sensation in either right or left side of the body.

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Loss Of Balance

Loss of balance: People suffering from MS also experience difficulty in controlling balance and thus, might face difficulty in walking and controlling coordination. It might be so severe that a person might fall down suddenly even with a slight push.

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Weakness

Weakness in the limbs: This could be due to muscle weakness or spasms as a result of nerve damage. In this case, it can be a weakness in either the right leg or the left one or both the legs It is the same case with the arms as well.

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Bladder Problems

Bladder problems: In some cases, bladder problems which include urinary incontinence, urge to urinate more, need to urinate in the middle fo the night or trouble in emptying bladder is also seen. The common bladder problems seen in people with MS is constipation.

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Fatigue

Fatigue: If you are suffering from MS you might feel extremely tired even without doing any strenuous activity. You might even feel tired after getting a good night's sleep, which is a sign that you need to consult a doctor immediately.

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Concentration

Difficulty in concentration: As the nerve cells are affected, people with MS have poor attention and memory with trouble in concentration, which comes intermittently. In few cases, it can cause problems in completing the day to day activities of the person.