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MS symptoms are varied and unpredictable, depending on which part of the central nervous system is affected and to what degree. No two cases of MS are the same and symptoms, depending on where MS lesions develop on the brain and spinal cord, can manifest in many different ways.
The symptoms can be any combination of the five major health problems, including:

  • Motor control - muscular spasms and problems with weakness, coordination, balance and functioning of the arms and legs
  • Fatigue - including heat sensitivity
  • Other neurological symptoms - including vertigo, pins and needles, neuralgia and visual disturbances
  • Continence problems - including bladder incontinence and constipation
  • Neuropsychological symptoms - including memory loss, depression and cognitive difficulties


For more information about symptoms

If you'd like to find out more about the types of symptoms people with MS experience click on the specific symptom for more detailed information.

PDF iconSymptoms- Bladder dysfunction.pdf

PDF iconSymptoms- Bowel dysfunction.pdf

PDF iconSymptoms- Cognitive problems.pdf

PDF iconSymptoms- Depression.pdf

PDF iconSymptoms- Fatigue.pdf

PDF iconSymptoms- Headache.pdf

PDF iconSymptoms- Heat Sensititvity.pdf

PDF iconSymptoms- Memory.pdf

PDF iconSymptoms- Numbness.pdf

PDF iconSymptoms- Spasticity.pdf

PDF icon Symptoms- Swallowing issues.pdf

PDF iconSymptoms- Tremors.pdf

PDF iconSymptoms- Walking (gait).pdf

PDF icon Symptoms- Vision.pdf

There may be other symptoms that aren't listed here. If you'd like to know more about MS symptoms, you can visit the international peak body for MS: The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.