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?

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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