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Early signs of multiple sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis is progressive nerve damage caused the immune cells of your own body, i.e. it’s an autoimmune condition. Precisely, the myelin sheath that protects your nerves are damaged as a result your mental faculties, coordination and performance of daily activities are severely retarded.

Here we explain you how to recognize the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis.



Unexplained fatigue even after having a sound and uninterrupted sleep is the first symptom of MS. You may not be having depression, work pressure, stress, etc. yet the kind of lassitude would persist throughout the day, which is abnormal, severe and comes anytime and happens on daily basis.



Since demyelination is occurring in the spinal cord and brain, it stimulates the muscles to become weak. Already you are bogged down by exhaustion and then you perceive weakness especially in your legs, ankles and feet which further disrupts your composure, makes you unstable and interferes with your walking.


Unusual sensations

You might sense something that you have never experienced before. Numbness, tingling, pinching, etc. could be perceived randomly over face, finger and other extremities of the body. You might also feel some kind of burning and tearing pain.


Dizziness or Vertigo

Another hallmark symptom of MS is vertigo which occurs due to nerve damage in co-ordination pathways of the brain. You would sense that your head is spinning round, you are dizzy and nauseated and losing balance.


Vision problems

Majority of people suspected of suffering from MS experience visual problems. Double vision, blurriness, loss of vision, unusual eye movements, eye pain, seeing specs of light, etc. are commonly the early symptoms of MS. This happens when the immune cells damage your optic nerves.



Around 40% of people will suffer from muscle spasticity in the early stage of MS.  Muscles present in different parts of your body like thighs, arms, knees, legs, etc. tend to become stiff, lacking mobility. You experience muscle spasms and pain ranging from mild to severe. They grow worse with any type of bodily movements.


Bladder problems

About 80% of people suffering from MS will have bladder problems. The characteristic symptoms are urinary incontinence, i.e. inability to hold on urination, night time urination despite drinking liquids in moderation, troubling to initiate urination, etc. It happens because the lesions in nerves interfere with brain and bladder co-ordination.


Bowel problems

Movements of your bowels or peristaltic movements also get affected due degeneration of myelin sheath. As a result, you suffer from constipation. Apart from neurological causes, bowel dysfunction also results from physical inactivity resulting from muscle pain, spasms and weakness.


Sexual problems

Both men and women suffer from sexual problems, which are certainly the classical symptoms of MS. Normal functioning of the sexual organs are retarded due to insufficient signal communication with the brain. This results in lack of sexual desire, erection problem in men, vaginal dryness in women, etc. Furthermore, fatigue is also a contributing factor for sexual problems.


Cognitive decline

Since your nervous system is severely affected, cognitive problems are bound to occur. Early symptoms show up as faltered speech, fumbling, forgetfulness, difficulty to retrieve information, lack of attention and concentration, etc. These complexities gradually lead to anxiety and depression.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: July 06, 2014

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