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Symptoms

Symptoms of MS vary depending on which areas of the brain and spinal cord are affected.

MS can cause:

  • Sudden loss of vision

  • Blurred or double vision

  • Slurred speech

  • Clumsiness, especially on one side

  • Unsteady gait

  • Loss of coordination

  • Hand trembling

  • Extreme tiredness

  • Facial symptoms including numbness, weakness or pain

  • Loss of bladder control

  • Inability to empty the bladder

  • Tingling, numbness or a feeling of constriction in the arms, legs or elsewhere

  • Weakness or a heavy feeling in the arms or legs

  • Seizures (in about 2% of patients with MS)

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