Symptoms of MS

Symptoms of MS

Multiple sclerosis can cause problems with muscle control and strength, vision, or balance and sensation. Symptoms vary from person to person and may come and go or become more or less severe from day to day.

Symptoms may include:

  • Weakness
  • Leg dragging
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of balance
  • Movement problems
  • Tendency to drop things
  • Feeling of heaviness, clumsiness or a lack of coordination
  • Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands
  • Stiff, mechanical movements or uncontrollable shaking
  • Pain or other sensory symptoms
  • Bladder issues, such as inability to control urination or inability to urinate
  • Constipation and other bowel disorders
  • Erectile dysfunction

Vision symptoms may include:

  • Blurred, foggy or hazy vision
  • Eye pain, especially with movement
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Vision loss, usually in one eye
  • Double vision

As the disease progresses, in addition to physical symptoms some MS patients may experience cognitive problems such as memory loss, difficulty concentrating or speech issues, as well as emotional symptoms, including depression or mood disorders.