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Multiple sclerosis - What are the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

You can get many different symptoms from multiple sclerosis (MS):[3]

Everyone who has MS is affected differently.

  • You might get only some of these symptoms or you might get most of them.

  • Usually you'll have just a few at a time.

  • You might have certain symptoms at one time and others at a different time.

  • Your symptoms can be mild or severe. They might be so mild that you don't notice them, especially at first.

  • Your symptoms can last just a day or two, or for weeks on end.

The pattern of your symptoms depends a lot on the type of MS you have. (For more, see Types of multiple sclerosis.)

  • If you have relapsing-remitting MS, your symptoms will come and go.

  • If you have progressive MS, you may have more symptoms and they may get better, but they probably won't go away completely.

Researchers now know that a single episode of nerve problems lasting for more than 24 hours can be a lead up to multiple sclerosis.[8] This is known as clinically isolated syndrome (or CIS for short). Your optic nerve might become inflamed (optic neuritis) for a short time. Or you may get inflammation of your spinal cord (transverse myelitis) or a brainstem lesion. Between 3 in 10 and 7 in 10 people who have a single episode of nerve inflammation may go on to have multiple sclerosis.

You don't have to just put up with your symptoms. A lot can be done to help you feel better, so be sure to tell your doctor if you're having any symptoms.


For references related to Multiple sclerosis click here.
Last Updated: January 19, 2011
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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