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Signs and Symptoms of MS in Adults

By Daryl H. Bryant (412 words)
Posted in Living with MS on March 21, 2019

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Signs and Symptoms of MS in Adults

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition that affects your nerves. Each individual is affected differently by MS; some people live with minimal flares, while others struggle with daily living tasks. The condition can affect people of all ages, but the most common diagnosis is women between the ages of 35 - 54.

The list of symptoms that accompanies MS is long. Symptoms can vary, or even disappear and then reappear during an MS flare. Although each person experiences MS differently, there are symptoms that are common among those battling the disease. Here are four signs of MS that frequently occur in adults.


Fatigue is more than just feeling a little sleepy. Adults with MS can experience long-term fatigue that affects their ability to work carry out daily living tasks. This can manifest as feeling tired even after getting adequate sleep rest, needing frequent naps to get through the day, or falling asleep during daily tasks.

Numbness and Tingling

The most common sign of MS is feeling numbness and /or tingling. Some people describe this symptom as a “pins and needles” feeling while others may feel a burning sensation or even lose feeling in certain parts of the body.

Dizziness and Vertigo

Ever felt like the room is spinning even though you’re sitting down? Dizziness and vertigo can be symptoms of many conditions, including MS. People with MS who experience vertigo typically have a lesion on the part of the brain that controls balance. Dizziness and vertigo can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, and can sometimes last hours or even days. If you experience this symptom, it’s best to sit down and avoid moving until it passes.

Difficulty Walking

Actress Selma Blair, who was recently diagnosed with MS, showed up to a red carpet event sporting a custom made cane. People who have MS can have difficulty walking due to other symptoms, including fatigue, dizziness, and the muscle spasms that the condition causes.

Although MS can be challenging, it is possible to experience a full and even symptom-free life with a MS diagnosis. The best thing you can do is arm yourself with knowledge to manage your condition, and surround yourself with a support team consisting or medical professionals, family, and friends.

If you have any of these symptoms, or if you are concerned you may have Multiple Sclerosis, contact your medical provider to set an appointment and discuss your testing and treatment options.  

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