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The Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

In America, approximately 350,000 people have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a condition that strikes the central nervous system—which is made up of the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. This is why MS impacts the vision, hearing, memory, balance, speech, and mobility of its victims.

While MS strikes mostly teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 40, women are three times more likely to develop MS compared to men.

Even though there is no known cure for this complex disease, early diagnosis can prevent further damage such as total vision loss and paralysis. Here are 14 of the most common signs and symptoms associated with MS…

1. Numbness

MS typically strikes the nerves in the brain and spinal column first and foremost. Whenever something affects the spinal cord, it usually causes symptoms elsewhere in the body as well. Because the spinal cord is the body’s “message center,” patients notice numbness when the body isn’t receiving signals from the brain. Tingling and numbness may be felt in areas such as the face, arms, legs, and upper extremities like the fingers. WebMD describes it as an “electrical shock-like feeling when you move your head or neck. It may travel down your spine or into your arms or legs.”

The source also points out that it’s not a symptom all patients experience. It’s more likely to happen in those who have lesions on their brain from the loss of myelin. Anyone who is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis will receive an MRI to check for lesions on the brain.

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