Patient Comments: Multiple Sclerosis - Symptoms

The symptoms of multiple sclerosis can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?

Published: June 13

I haven't been told I have MS yet were checking it out now. I started with a head cold then I would get chilled then my blood pressure went really low now I'm tired all the time and my toes got tingly.

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Published: June 10

I was approximately 23 I became nearly blind in my left eye which was diagnosed as optic neuritis. That condition was treated and went away; however, it still affected me when I would get over-heated in hot weather or in exercise or stressed for any reason. I lived for 12 years with symptoms of MS, unsteady gait, poor memory, fatigue but it was never diagnosed until I had my daughter. Three months after her birth I started getting numbness in my feet and it expanded by day. Every day when I would wake up it had moved up until it settled and I was numb from my chest down. I was then, finally, admitted to the Hospital and diagnosed as having MS without a doubt.

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Published: June 05

My first sign of MS (that I paid attention to) was the tingling and numbness in my right thumb for about 3 months. I was diagnosed about 6 months later. That was in 2005 I now use Rebif and have an improved MRI result that was 4 months ago.

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Published: May 27

The symptoms that led to my eventual diagnosis were loss of vision and fatigue. The vision loss occurred a few weeks after my first child was born, but resolved without treatment in a few weeks. Seven years later, I lost vision in the other eye. It was at that time that my neurologist suspected that I could have MS.

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Published: May 23

My first symptom of M/S was my eye went blurry, which turned out to Optic Neuritis.

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Comment from: Worried sister in az, 65-74 Female Published: September 02

My sister was diagnosed with MS about six months ago. At first, the doctors thought she had cancer in the brain. They found four lesions. Then she had an MRI and just had another MRI. Now there are three more white-matter lesions, so she has a total of seven lesions in her brain.

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Comment from: CJ's girl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

My first symptom of MS was that my right leg went numb; cold and heat sensations were unbearable. Oddly enough, I was 4 months pregnant at the time. Since then I have had optic neuritis, numbness and tingling all over and I now drag my left leg a little. I also have had some balance problems that seem to be permanent, but I'm not complaining. It has been 20 years now and unless I tell them, no one knows I have it. I have a mild form I guess. My first symptom happened when I was 24 years old. I am now 44 and I am a full time nurse.

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Comment from: Verna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I was diagnosed with MS in 1992 at the age of 32. Six years later, my younger sister was diagnosed with MS at the age of 30. This year, my youngest sister has been diagnosed with MS at the age of 36. Our symptoms are quite different. I have yet to hear of three direct family members having MS.

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