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Common Symptoms of MS

We, at Beyond MS, want you to know that we understand how frightening and overwhelming a long list of symptoms can be, especially to the newly diagnosed. However, we feel we would be remiss if we didn’t include a list of possible symptoms.


At the same time, we wish to reassure you that the majority of people with MS will not experience most of these symptoms. If you do experience any of these symptoms, please be aware that they usually improve or disappear during periods of remission.


Symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person, and from time to time in the same person.

Balance and dizziness
Bladder dysfunction
Cold or heat intolerance
Constipation, diarrhea and incontinence
Cognitive issues
Dry mouth
Difficulty speaking
Difficulty swallowing
Difficulty walking
Electric shock sensation radiating down spine
Euphoric periods
Hormonal imbalances in women with MS
Involuntary emotional expression
Mood swings
Optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
Poor co-ordination